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ZDNet UK: Hitachi rolls out Transmeta-based Net appliance running Linux

Jan 04, 2001, 15:58 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Kanellos)

"Hitachi's Flora (ie 55mi) is effectively a cross between a notebook, a handheld and a mobile phone. The device -- which looks like a notebook screen with a frame -- hooks up directly to the Internet and is used to search Web content or run applications, similar to a standard PC. However, users can use a pen to input data like a Palm. Additionally, it contains a mobile phone interface for calls. Like the Crusoe-based Internet terminal released by Gateway and AOL in November, the Flora will contain a version of Linux. Transmeta notebooks -- including Hitachi's Crusoe notebooks -- run Windows."

"While initially available in Japan, Hitachi will also bring the product to the United States, according to a release from Transmeta."

"Transmeta's Crusoe microprocessor allows Hitachi to put all the power of a PC into a handheld computer with up to seven hours of battery life," said Transmeta chief executive Dave Ditzel in a statement."

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