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Definition: Crusoe processor

An x86-based CPU chip from Transmeta Corporation that was designed for Internet appliances and mobile devices. Debuting in 2000, it consumed less power than mobile x86 chips from Intel, AMD and others because it placed more of the processing burden on the software. Running Windows and Linux applications, Crusoe used a software translation layer known as "Code Morphing" that turned x86 instructions into Crusoe instructions. This layer allowed the chip to be used for other instruction sets as well. See Transmeta.