"Gateway and AOL are to become Transmeta's first announced major
customers. The grand unveiling of a Linux Internet appliance is
scheduled to take place later today, but Transmeta's flair for
publicity doesn't seem to have tarnished in the three months purdah
since it announced, and even seems to have rubbed off on its
partners a tad."
"So they've been leaking like crazy to their special friends in
the public prints. According to Transmeta's Dave Ditzel, the
first appliance will ship in Q4, and will use a wired connection to
the Internet. He also trails future wireless versions in an
unspecified timeframe, but we wouldn't hold out hope for these any
time soon; WebPad-type devices are superficially attractive, but
just figuring out which wireless standard to use will likely add
six to nine months to development time."
"Gateway intends to sell the devices through its stores, while
AOL will market them direct to subscribers, or so it says anyway.
Gateway CTO Peter Ashkin claims to the New York Times that the
price hasn't been determined, but that the target is sub-$500. But
we don't believe that entirely."
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