I have recently tried to convince some telecomunication system designer that
transputers are a competitive alternative to their current designs. I think
I've managed to convince them that the transputer is faster and gives easier
system construction both with respect to hardware and software.
Now the embarrasing question I get is about the power consumption. I'm
actually not sure how the transputer comes out when all thing are added up. As
a single component, I have the impression that the transputer is rather
mediocre when you look at the power/performance ratio. I still have a feeling
that a total system may come out with competitive power/performance because of
reduced component count etc.
I would be grateful if the net could be provide me with real experience and
examples on this subject. I believe transputers have a great future in
telecommunications, but convincing their (legitimately conservative) designers
is a tough job.