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Linus Torvalds' Old Company Acquired and Gone

Nov 20, 2008, 15:33 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Wolfgang Gruener)

"Transmeta's acquisition ends one of the most interesting corporate stories in Silicon Valley. What began with a company wrapped in secrecy, but had enough technology to keep Linus Torvalds as a software engineer on its staff, continued with an impressive launch of the Crusoe processor in 2000, some design wins (including Sony and Toshiba). However, Transmeta was never able to seriously challenge the might of Intel and AMD and eventually stopped building microprocessors in late 2004. The company went through several business transitions and tried to license its LongRun and LongRun2 power saving technologies, which did not provide the kind of income the company needed to survive."

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