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SJ Mercury/Reuters: Transmeta sees five-year lead over Intel

Sep 26, 2000, 15:41 (0 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to George Mitchell for this link. ]

"U.S. microprocessor startup Transmeta Corp believes its technology is at least five years ahead of industry giants Intel and Advanced Micro Devices, its chief executive said on Tuesday."

"For them to catch up, they would also need a software based approach. That means they would have to start from scratch and from my 20 years of experience, it would take at least five years to get a new microprocessor out the door," David Ditzel said in an interview."

"Both Intel, which this month rocked markets when it forecast third-quarter sales below Wall Street's expectations, and AMD use the same chip architecture, called X-86, which is almost 25 years old. Ditzel said, however, Transmeta's strategy was to go after the "two very big niche markets" of chips for notebooks and Internet mobile devices and that Intel and AMD, strong in chips for desktops and servers, should not be worried about Transmeta."

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