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The Register: Transmeta scores Gateway-AOL Linux appliance deal

May 30, 2000, 11:40 (0 Talkback[s])

"Gateway and AOL are to become Transmeta's first announced major customers. The grand unveiling of a Linux Internet appliance is scheduled to take place later today, but Transmeta's flair for publicity doesn't seem to have tarnished in the three months purdah since it announced, and even seems to have rubbed off on its partners a tad."

"So they've been leaking like crazy to their special friends in the public prints. According to Transmeta's Dave Ditzel, the first appliance will ship in Q4, and will use a wired connection to the Internet. He also trails future wireless versions in an unspecified timeframe, but we wouldn't hold out hope for these any time soon; WebPad-type devices are superficially attractive, but just figuring out which wireless standard to use will likely add six to nine months to development time."

"Gateway intends to sell the devices through its stores, while AOL will market them direct to subscribers, or so it says anyway. Gateway CTO Peter Ashkin claims to the New York Times that the price hasn't been determined, but that the target is sub-$500. But we don't believe that entirely."

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