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TechWeb: S3's New Arm, Frontpath, Will Build Linux-based Appliance Software

Sep 20, 2000, 15:59 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mark Hachman)

"If S3 Inc. builds a Transmeta-based Web pad the world may beat a path to Frontpath, the new information-appliance subsidiary that the company announced Wednesday. The company hopes that the autonomy of the new subsidiary will allow Frontpath to develop information appliances, first for vertical markets such as banking or hospitality, and later for consumers."

"Early products will likely use a Linux operating system, possibly from Transmeta Corp., according to Ward Williams, Frontpath's director of product marketing. Frontpath will design the GUI. Details of product plans and partnerships will be announced over the next few weeks, Williams said. However, parent S3 was one of the first companies to show a Transmeta-based Web pad at the Transmeta launch event, based on a design from Number Nine Visual Technology."

"The company still believes that the primary vehicle for Internet access within the home will be the PC, but that a user wants to have instant access to information even while on the go, Williams said. For this reason, wireless 802.11 support will be built into the first product, he said."

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