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The Register: Be teams with Transmeta for long-life appliances

Nov 17, 2000, 12:31 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andrew Orlowski)

"Be Inc's relationship with its shareholders continues to resemble one of those weird sex games where you hold your breath just long enough to avoid death by asphyxiation."

"It showcased a number of design prototypes at Comdex this week, some old, and some new, and as you might expect, from a technical perspective it walked away with the laurels. However other than Compaq and Ricochet there's no big name licensee yet to establish Be's BeIA platform at the front of the pack."

"That's not for lack of trying. BeIA squeezes the OS into around 5 or 6Mb of space - far smaller than comparable Linux devices thanks to some miraculous on-the-fly compression technology - and unlike the established embedded rivals such as QNX offers Flash, Real Player and Opera in the bundle. And from OEM comments, Be's "you design it, we'll draw it" approach to UI customisation went down very well."

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