"U.S. microprocessor startup Transmeta Corp believes its
technology is at least five years ahead of industry giants Intel
and Advanced Micro Devices, its chief executive said on
"For them to catch up, they would also need a software based
approach. That means they would have to start from scratch and
from my 20 years of experience, it would take at least five
years to get a new microprocessor out the door," David Ditzel
said in an interview."
"Both Intel, which this month rocked markets when it forecast
third-quarter sales below Wall Street's expectations, and AMD use
the same chip architecture, called X-86, which is almost 25 years
old. Ditzel said, however, Transmeta's strategy was to go after the
"two very big niche markets" of chips for notebooks and Internet
mobile devices and that Intel and AMD, strong in chips for desktops
and servers, should not be worried about Transmeta."
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