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The Register: Crusoe to dominate Taiwanese production, says Transmeta

Feb 22, 2000, 17:47 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Lettice)

"According to [CEO Dave] Chapman, Transmeta's Crusoe and Mobile Linux combo is being adopted by the entire Taiwanese IT industry for Web pad-type devices."

"By a strange coincidence Taiwan's National Science Council last week announced that it would be investing around $650 million (US) in order to boost Taiwan's Internet Appliance industry over the next five years. In the view of the NSC the IA industry is the Next Big Thing, and the Taiwanese government intends to have the island producing somewhere in the region of $5 billion (US) worth of them by 2005."

"Taiwan's IT industry has in the past been very much driven by government intervention, and it would appear that the latest investment is more of the same. If the government is right, and the initiative succeeds, then the IA business is clearly a very big prize for Transmeta. And no doubt Transmeta already has a couple of deals stitched up provisionally, quite probably involving the unveiling of prototypes at CeBIT later this week."

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