NY Times: New Design for Processor to Test Intel

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“Ending almost five years of secrecy, the Transmeta Corporation
announced a radical new microprocessor design today that promises
tough competition for the Intel Corporation. The new chips are
compatible with Intel’s products while consuming substantially less
power and costing less.”

“Transmeta’s processors, by emphasizing software, are intended
to improve on portable versions of Pentium-class microprocessors
that power today’s personal computers. The company said it was also
pushing toward the widely anticipated post-PC era of mobile
Internet computing.”

The chips are already being manufactured by the
International Business Machines Corporation, which expects to begin
shipping them by midyear.

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[ Also of note, this article has one of the first pictures
of the Web Pad shown at the Press Conference. lt-ed. ]

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