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TechWeb: IBM Plans ThinkPad Based On Transmeta Chip

Jun 23, 2000, 20:54 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mark Hachman)

"A senior IBM executive confirmed that the company will ship a notebook PC based on chips from Transmeta this fall, as long as Transmeta lives up to its promises."

"At the PC Expo show next week in New York, IBM will feature the next-generation Transmeta TM5600 chip as part of a technology demonstration using an IBM ThinkPad 240 notebook chassis, said Leo Suarez, director of worldwide product marketing at IBM, Raleigh, N.C."

"The ThinkPad, which is IBM's entrant into the 3-pound "mininotebook" or "ultraportable" market, will feature a custom motherboard and chipset, Suarez said."

"Suarez cautioned that the demonstration is not quite a design win, although IBM does intend to design the chip into the new ThinkPads. Two constraints must be met: First, IBM must be assured that its customers will demand such a part; second, Transmeta will be required to live up to its own expectations, both from a performance and supply standpoint, Suarez said."

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