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IT-Director: Torvalds, Transmeta and the Intel Killer?

Nov 17, 1999, 16:29 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Snark)

"Rumours abound, but the gist of them is that the Transmeta CPU will be faster than current technology and be able to run any operating software that runs on existing processors by a very fast emulation technique. Transmeta's patents suggest that its chips are x86 compatible, so it clearly has Intel in its sights. Additionally, when the Federal Trade Commission was investigating Intel for antitrust behaviour, Intel cited Transmeta as a company that provided it with serious competition.

The situation should become clearer when Transmeta formally announces its Crusoe processor which is scheduled, according to the Transmeta web site for January 19th 2000. Linus Torvalds gave a hint at Comdex this week that the Transmeta Crusoe processor will be aimed at mobile usage."

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