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CNET Gateway, AOL favor upstart chipmaker over big names

May 31, 2000, 00:16 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Wilcox)

"In another sign of Intel's and Microsoft's waning dominance, Gateway and America Online today selected upstart chipmaker Transmeta to provide processors and software for an upcoming line of Internet appliances."

"The announcement was not unexpected, as Gateway and AOL in late April joined Compaq Computer and others providing Transmeta with $88 million in funding and endorsing its Crusoe chip technology."

"Gateway and AOL last month unveiled a line of jointly developed Internet appliances--a Web tablet, a countertop appliance and a PC-like desktop appliance--running Linux. At the time, neither company revealed which chipmaker would supply the devices' processors."

"The choice of Transmeta, which will provide Crusoe chips and its Mobile Linux software for the devices, is another slap at chip giant Intel, say analysts."

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