"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
"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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