"In what is undoubtedly the single largest boost for the
future of slate/pad style computers, Gateway has announced they
plan to launch a "Web Pad" by this Christmas. Billed as an
"Internet appliance" (which is really another way for saying a low
featured, inexpensive computer with Internet access) the web pads
are to be joint marketed by AOL in an effort to beef up their
industry-leading subscriber figures."
"The unit will be run one of Transmeta Corp's first commercially
available processors. For the few who don't know, Transmeta is the
secretive start-up where Linux creator Linus Torvalds currently
hangs his hat and is financially backed by half the high tech
industry, including Microsoft, Compaq, AOL, Sony, etc. The chip is
a 400MHZ TM3120 (formerly the Crusoe) and uses an incredible 1 watt
of power! It runs so cool it doesn't even need a fan or heatsink,
making the machine more reliable and lighter."
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