Startup claims ‘near-universal emulator’ allows any software to run all platforms with almost no per

“A Silicon Valley startup claims to have cracked one of most elusive goals of the software industry: a near-universal emulator that allows software developed for one platform to run on any other, with almost no performance hit,” Leander Kahney reports for Wired News. “Transitive Corp. of Los Gatos, California, claims its QuickTransit software allows applications to run ‘transparently’ on multiple hardware platforms, including Macs, PCs, and numerous servers and mainframes.”

“In demonstrations to press and analysts, the company has shown a graphically demanding game — a Linux version of Quake III — running on an Apple PowerBook… Transitive launched the software on Monday with versions for Itanium, Opteron, x86 and Power/PowerPC chips,” Kahney reports. “The company is initially going after the server and mainframe markets because that’s where the money is, but said it will eventually focus on desktop PCs and consumer electronics. It claims QuickTransit will support almost any pairing of processor and operating system. Transitive said it already has six customers — all PC manufacturers — but declined to name them. The first will go public later this year, Transitive said. Transitive said QuickTransit allows a foreign application to do everything it does on its native platform, with 100 percent functionality.”

“QuickTransit fully supports accelerated 3-D graphics and about 80 percent computational performance on the main processor. It requires no user intervention: It kicks in automatically when a non-native application is launched,” Kahney reports. “‘It’s pretty darn impressive,’ said analyst Jim Turley. ‘It’s remarkable because it’s unremarkable (to see it in action): It just works.'”

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MacDailyNews Take: If this really works, Virtual PC won’t be doing great business in the future. This would also remove one of the greatest remaining psychological stumbling blocks for Windows users wishing to switch to Macintosh: their Windows software would run on their new Mac OS X machines at usable speeds. These switchers could then upgrade their applications to Mac OS X versions over time at their own pace. If this is for real, Microsoft won’t like this one bit. More about information about Transitive here.


  1. Even if the reverse were to happen (people initially using cheap pcs to run OS-X and mac software), I think the long term benefit of this would be good for Apple in increased market share for their applications, which would naturally drive hardware sales for better native performance.

    Don’t be so glum, if this would bring more people to buying and trying mac software, I think it would be a good thing.

  2. September 13th joke? Either these people must have a severely screwed up calendar, or they use Windows ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”raspberry” style=”border:0;” />

  3. If you’re thinking of performance, in terms of running iMovie, FCP, and various iApps on PC-based hardware this way, don’t forget:

    No Altivec.

    How fast do you think rendering, and all of the things that count, will be without a Velocity Engine built into the processor?

  4. I agree, if this is for real, Apple needs to buy this company immediately. However, I’m a bit skeptical. I’d like to see it in action. Have them give a demo of it playing the new Doom on the Mac and maybe I’ll buy it.

  5. Wait…I highly doubt that Apple will support any of their I or Pro products with this thing, if it is real…which I just doubt it is.

    The whole matra of the I products is integration and ease of use with the Mac, .Mac and iPods etc.

    They don’t even support me on my older G4, so why put any effort in to supporting a PC version.

  6. I kind of doubt this can be practical, but if it is, it’s not likely to be trouble-free. Then all those on PCs that try to run OS X will blame Apple and claim that it just proves that OS X is no good. A foolish way to come to a conclusion ( a conclusion that may already be foregone in many PCers minds ) but unfortunately, the way many in our society think. I just think that there are too many variables involved, especially if they are claiming to be able to mix and match systems and OSs.

  7. I heard from a few scientists that table top fushion works. And the once Time Man of the Year found a cure for Aids.

    It all sounds like baloney and like the processed meat, leaves a bad taste in your mouth.

  8. Did you guys look at that ONE screenshot they provided. It is a PowerBook but it is running Linux not OS X. They said it was running the Linux version of Quake III but they are in Linux to begin with. Maybe it is a x48 version of Quake III b/c I don’t know if there is a PPC Linux version but it still looks very fishy to me.

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