Thinking about Apple's Rosetta in light of Transmeta

Discussion in ' News Discussion' started by MacBytes, Aug 11, 2005.

  1. macrumors bot

    Jul 5, 2003
  2. macrumors regular


    May 23, 2004
    Minnetonka, MN USA
    lol, you have to read transmeta's annual reports. They are sooo pessimistic. Like, everywhere in the report they say things like "we may never make a profit" and "in fact, we may operate at a significant loss," never once saying something positive about itself.

    Comparing transitive's rosetta with transmeta isn't really fair; they both use completely different technologies. And by the way, Mr. Author, lets have some optimism here dude, 3.6GHz is alot of muscle to throw around.
  3. macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    All educated guesswork, but interesting to discuss all the same.

    I'll add one more reason not to worry as much about Rosetta's speeds: next year's computers will be faster to begin with than today's.

    Also, not every app is terribly speed-sensitive, especially when the UI is being drawn natively anyway. Some apps will run at half speed but you'd never know it anyway.
  4. macrumors 603


    Jun 19, 2003
    Chicago, IL

    That's probably because of the Pentium M. Transmeta's biggest claim to fame was its power sipping CPU. With the M around transmeta's chips still hold the crown for most power conservative CPU but the performance to watt ratio on the M is drasticly better. Try playing around with a transmeta powered system sometime. Its maddeningly slow. Sure once the app is running it runs OK but start-up it feels like a G4.

    Transmeta aside the article is a good one and I loved the point about dual cores. That could make a serious boost in performance for Rosetta from what we are seeing on the current developer boxes. Every time I think about a dual core PowerBook I get a tingly sensation. Mmmmmm.
    God I haven't been this excited about computer hardware since I got to play with a beta Tablet PC. (The bennifits of being 3 floors below a MS office and going to lunch at the same time a bunch of the reps there were.)

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