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Reuters: ARM, Psion stock hit by Crusoe mobile processor

Jan 23, 2000, 05:32 (3 Talkback[s])

"Shares in palmtop computer group Psion and microchip designer ARM Holdings Plc fell on Thursday as investors worried about the impact of a radical new low-power mobile chip on their business."

"Privately owned Transmeta Corp's new Crusoe chips, produced with help from the Linux operating system creator Linus Torvalds on a promise to "revolutionise the field of mobile computing," raised longer-term concerns for both groups, analysts said."

"In the medium term, this chip is aiming squarely at the market ARM is aiming towards," said Nainish Bapna, technology analyst at Nomura."

"A key feature of Crusoe is a new software layer which lets the chips behave like Intel processors, supporting Microsoft Windows and NT operating systems. But they can also drive a mobile version of the Linux alternative. "The chip can handle any operating system -- you can put it anywhere," Bapna said."

"(Transmeta) are really looking for pretty much the whole spectrum," said Dean Bubley, chief analyst at Datamonitor."They really are looking to take large chunks of the semiconductor market, and to some extent operating systems software."

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