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osOpinion: TransMeta's "Missing Vendors"

Jan 27, 2000, 06:30 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Esko Woudenberg)

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"I watched most of TransMeta's presentation during the announcement of the Crusoe processor line. I had been following the speculation about TransMeta for several months before the announcement. (Mostly based on information in the patent filings.)"

"Several things about the press coverage of this event disturbed me. During the presentation it was mentioned several times that prototype machines were being demonstrated nearby and were available for those in attendance to inspect. Based on the "webcast" of the event it was difficult for me to evaluate the performance of the machines. However; running "Quake" is generally considered one of the more demanding applications that you can run on a PC. In spite of this several articles speculated on whether or not TransMeta would be able to deliver adequate performance once products based on the CPU (and code morphing technology) started shipping. Considering the fact that prototype systems generally perform worse than the shipping production models I can't help but wonder if the computer "journalists" are intentionally downplaying the significance of what was demonstrated."

"There have been various articles stating variations of the "fact" that the lack of system vendors present at the announcement undermined the presentation. I am not bothered by "missing TransMeta vendors" at all. Here are several reasons why...."

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