"Chief executive officer Dave Ditzel claimed the two chips will,
respectively, rev into high gear the market for Internet-based
mobile-computing devices and spark a new generation of low-powered
"We have rethought the microprocessor," Ditzel crowed...."
"Still, the IBM connection may bring something far more
important than just ample fab capacity-something Transmeta said was
guaranteed in its agreement. That is, IBM is covered by a
cross-licensing deal (previously hammered out via Cyrix) that
grants it rights to key Intel Corp. patents. That could be a good
legal buffer if Intel-likely Transmeta's main
competitor-contemplates any courtroom maneuvers."
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