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CNET News.com: Chipmaker wants to revive the free PC

Feb 14, 2001, 08:06 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John G. Spooner)

[ Thanks to David Walser for this link. ]

"ZF Linux Devices is attempting to resurrect the free PC movement by cutting costs like never before."

"The 5-year-old company, which makes a low-cost microprocessor called the MachZ, has developed a blueprint for an inexpensive PC called the Z-Port. The company promises to license the design to interested Internet service providers for free."

"Several companies will use MachZ in portable devices, including a handheld credit card transaction machine, Feldman said. A company in Japan will use the MachZ to build a Linux-based office server for sharing files and Internet access. Yet another company will use the chip inside a digital camera to process digital images without the assistance of a desktop PC, Feldman said. And one other company is building a residential gateway with MachZ. The device will plug into a telephone line, establish an Internet connection and allow multiple PCs to share that connection using Bluetooth, the short-range wireless networking technology."

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