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Electronic Buyers News: Linux creator offers sneak peak into goal of microprocessor startup

Nov 16, 1999, 21:57 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mark Hachman)

"Linux operating system creator Linus Torvalds offered further details of his chip startup, Transmeta, during a Comdex keynote here in Las Vegas, some of which were disclosed on the company's web site in a hidden message."

"Transmeta, a Silicon Valley startup, will fully disclose its plans on Jan. 19, Torvalds said today. The company's first chip, code-named Crusoe, will be a "smart CPU-the first microprocessor built with software."

"On Transmeta's web site, the company hid a message inside the HTML source code, revealing its intentions to address the mobile market first and foremost. Transmeta also appeared to confirm a consensus opinion held by the analyst community that the chip will be some sort of processor capable of working with multiple instruction sets."

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