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CNET Compaq preps Asian Transmeta product; U.S. plans unclear

Nov 08, 2000, 21:58 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Kanellos, Joe Wilcox)

"Compaq Computer is preparing a product containing a Crusoe processor from Transmeta for the Asian market, although its plans for the U.S. market remain uncertain. Sources close to the companies have said Houston-based Compaq is working with the processor designer on a computing device for the Asian market, where most Transmeta-based products so far have been sold."

"Whether that translates to a device for the U.S. market remains uncertain, however. U.S. Bancorp Piper Jaffray analyst Ashok Kumar said Tuesday that Compaq and Toshiba have suspended plans for Transmeta notebooks."

"Transmeta has been designed out at Compaq," Kumar wrote in a report. "Transmeta failed to note that doubling battery life requires significant changes in the rest of the system, changes that would also benefit an Intel-based notebook."

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