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CNET News.com: Transmeta running test chips in possible production expansion

Aug 07, 2000, 07:44 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Processor start-up Transmeta is producing experimental samples of its Crusoe processor at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. and other chip foundries in what could be the first stages of a larger manufacturing strategy for the company."

"Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) has produced proof-of-concept versions of its Crusoe chip, a low-powered chip designed for notebooks and Internet appliances, Transmeta officials have confirmed. Experimental versions of Crusoe have also been produced at United Microelectronics (UMC), TSMC's main rival in the contract chip manufacturing business...."

"Currently, IBM makes Transmeta's chips. This arrangement gives Transmeta access to cutting-edge technology and immunizes the company from legal action from Intel because of IBM's extensive cross-license with the chip giant. However, IBM charges more than the Taiwanese foundries, leading to more expensive chips."

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