[virtmach] Re: Transmeta Crusoe
Thu, 3 Feb 2000 18:10:43 +0100
>>>>> Manoj Plakal <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
Manoj> David Rush wrote (Thu, Feb 03, 2000 at 03:13:58PM +0000) :
>> If they're going to sell the CPUs, they'll sell the debuggers
>> eventually. Just wait.
Manoj> They are going to sell the CPUs to OEMs who will
Manoj> put it in laptops/webpads/other devices. I'm not
Manoj> sure that these OEMs will do much debugging of
Manoj> the morpher, maybe just report bugs back to Transmeta.
The debugger would primarily be used to debug X86 code, not native
Manoj> I can see Transmeta supplying tools (but not
Manoj> publicly sold) to OS vendors who want to port
Manoj> their x86 OSes to run on Crusoe without problems.
Manoj> End users will never see the native ISA of Crusoe,
Manoj> all they see is they are running unmodified x86 apps
Manoj> with no apparent access to the underlying hardware.
Manoj> Why would Transmeta sell a debugger to an end-user?
Because a fast system level debugger (in this case for the X86) has
many uses, including OS tuning and device driver development.