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Upside: Transmeta, AOL, Gateway Deal Big Win for Transmeta

May 31, 2000, 10:25 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Duncan Martell)

"Once famously secretive start-up Transmeta Corp. stepped into the limelight Tuesday when it said computer maker Gateway Inc. would use its chips and operating system to power Internet-access devices developed by Web service provider America Online Inc."

"Led by David Ditzel, a former hardware designer at Sun Microsystems Inc. (SUNW.O), closely held Transmeta in January unveiled its Crusoe chip and aimed it at the market for mobile, Web-surfing devices such as portable Web pads and other Internet gizmos. Analysts praised Crusoe's low-power consumption and relative low cost, when compared with the market-leading Pentium chips from Intel Corp. (INTC.O)."

"The appliances, set to go on sale in the fall and which will be sold directly by AOL (AOL.N) and through Gateway's (GTW.N) 260 retail stores and through its Web site, are the latest example of a growing move away from the so-called Wintel duopoly -- Microsoft Corp.'s (MSFT.O) Windows operating system and Intel microprocessors. The Gateway-AOL announcement, coupled with $88 million in financing received last month from a group of investors, also portend a very successful initial public offering, perhaps sooner rather than later, analysts said."

"If they pull this off, it raises the specter of a large portion of the world without Microsoft," said analyst Rob Enderle at Giga Information Group. "Transmeta will also likely have a very successful IPO."

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