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The Register: Desperate Dell begging Transmeta for a Crusoe deal?

Nov 02, 2000, 15:20 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Lettice)

"Dell's cosy relationship with Intel, and a little carelessness with secret files, is causing the company serious grief with Transmeta, a usually reliable source alleges. "Dell has been calling Transmeta every week for the last two months," he says, but Transmeta won't return the calls."

"According to our source Dell's problem dates back some way, to the time when Transmeta was hawking its wares around the PC business. "It appears that Dell 'shared' all its Transmeta info with Intel," he says. "Transmeta found out about this and was not too happy, cutting off Dell from all information, since giving information to Dell is 'like giving it to Intel.'"

"Naturally, we at The Register are sure that a fine upstanding company like Dell would never disclose information given to it under NDA, so the story must surely be entirely untrue. Nevertheless, our source - who seems remarkably well informed in a number of other Transmeta-related areas - insists that Dell is increasingly desperate to be allowed into the tent. It has gone to the lengths of commissioning Quanta, the Taiwanese company that was to have built IBM's Transmeta machines, to modify one of its boards so that Dell can evaluate it."

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