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The Register: Intel claimed to have squeezed IBM to dump Transmeta

Nov 02, 2000, 21:59 (13 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Lettice)

"IBM's decision to dump its planned Crusoe-based ThinkPad 240 had nothing to do with benchmarks, and everything to do with Intel, according to sources close to Transmeta. Quanta, which was to build the machines, was surprised when the project was abruptly cancelled; one Transmeta partner who declined to be named told The Register: "It was on schedule, fully functional, and IBM were very happy with it."

"Taipei sources are adamant that Intel put the squeeze on IBM. The company - which you'll recall was recently entirely vindicated in an antitrust case - is claimed to have told Big Blouse that Intel CPUs and chipsets might be in desperately short supply. Even more so, for even longer, that is."

"Our anonymous Transmeta partner also asks for a history of similar offences on Chipzilla's part to be taken into account. "It happened on a Cyrix Media GX project I was involved in a while back. Intel offered us a special deal if we cut the Cyrix design."

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