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IT-Director: Processors threaten Intel, boost Linux

Jan 25, 2000, 16:02 (0 Talkback[s])
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"AMD has long fought for a share of the processor market, and its Athlon chip seems to have hit the mark. Transmeta is a new architecture that could have a big impact on the mobile market. And Transmeta could boost the prospects of Linux in the embedded market...."

"Transmeta is another challenge for Intel, and one whose character is only slowly emerging. Long cloaked in secrecy, the company is now shouting from the rooftops about its new processor. Low power consumption and a new approach to Intel compatibility are key features. The power consumption is low enough to offer the tantalising possibility of laptop computers that run all day on a charged battery. It's a feature that will also appeal in the new market for mobile wireless devices...."

"If Transmeta is successful, it will significantly boost the opportunities for Linux market share. So far, we've seen Symbian and Palm as the clear leaders in the exploding mobile device sector, but Linux could yet become a significant factor."

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