"Gateway and AOL will use the Crusoe processors and Mobile
Linux in at least two jointly-branded, legacy-free Internet
appliances (IAs) aimed at providing consumers with easy access to
the Internet, said John Spelich, the director of corporate
communications at Gateway. The first of the two IAs will hit
the market just in time for Christmas, with a second scheduled
to follow in the first quarter of 2001, according to Spelich."
"Intel, which possesses massive manufacturing facilities,
announced last January it plans to enter the consumer IA space with
"multiple skews" of Web Appliances, said Marta Hasler, the
marketing manger at Intel Home products Group. The first Intel IA
offering, a device with an integrated phone receiver and 14-inch
CRT screen, is due out "sometime this summer" and will run a
version of Linux, said Hasler."
"AOL and Gateway were among a group of investors that injected
$88 million into the formerly secretive chip developer in April.
Three major Taiwan-based contract manufacturers of notebook PCs
were also among the investors. One of them, First International
Computer, quietly showed off a prototype of a notebook powered by a
Crusoe processor at the CeBit trade show held in Hanover, Germany,
in late February."
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