"The IPO and all the buildup to the offering will be intensely
scrutinized by the semiconductor industry and Wall Street. The
company's Crusoe chips are compatible with both the Linux operating
system and Windows but use less power than equivalent chips from
Intel. As a result, battery charges last longer."
"...while Transmeta's technology has drawn support from computer
manufacturers and general applause from analysts, many questions
remain about the company. Hyper-secretive Transmeta has not
released its chips to the public yet or even revealed a complete
set of performance benchmarks. As a result, most analysts admit
that they have not been able to evaluate the overall performance of
the Crusoe family. Price competition is another factor facing
Transmeta. Intel rakes in more than $7 billion in revenue a
quarter. Except for Advanced Micro Devices, the other companies
that have tried to invade this market have foundered."
"Then again, Transmeta comes to the market well connected.
Sony, Gateway, Toshiba, Compaq and a number of Taiwanese contract
manufacturers own equity stakes in the company, while IBM
manufactures the chips on behalf of Transmeta. All of these
companies, therefore, have a financial interest in seeing the
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