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Phillipine Daily Inquirer: New Chip on the Block

Jul 03, 2000, 17:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joey G. Alarilla)

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"...In a new economy that frequently overturns the rules of the old, even industry leaders have to scramble to reinvent themselves. Take the case of Intel Corp., which has been receiving a rude awakening that its near-monopoly of the desktop PC market doesn't necessarily translate to automatic success in the Internet arena."

"Apart from problems in supplying Pentium III and Celeron chips since October last year and the resurgence of long-time rival Advanced Micro Devices Inc., the chip giant now faces the challenge of upstart Transmeta Corp. Founded in 1995, Transmeta has been generating a lot of excitement since the announcement of its Crusoe chip family this January."

"The Crusoe challenge, however, goes deeper than the latest attempt of a chip company to wrest the leadership from Intel. Transmeta claims that mobile Internet computing requires no less than a new "smart architecture" for processors. Since they supposedly consume less power than Intel and AMD chips, Crusoe is particularly targeted at the ultralight portables, handheld computers and other web appliances."

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