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Linux.com: Transmeta: Revisiting Predictions

Nov 03, 2000, 12:57 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Richardson)

"On September 14, I described the "fabless" design philosophy implemented by Transmeta, and how it might affect their future as a processor manufacturer. I also tried to shed some light on the cancellation of their licensing deals with IBM and Toshiba, and how that action might undermine the Crusoe product."

"The three possible futures for Transmeta were classified simply as "Good", "Bad" and "Ugly."

"Good: Pre-product buzz and smart design by computer manufacturers will prove the success of Transmeta's code morphing CPU.
Bad: Dissolving agreements with IBM and Toshiba will cause Transmeta to lose quality control of its "fabless" manufacturing process, leading to poor quality silicon.
Ugly: Transmeta's technology will not deliver the advertised results. Hardware vendors will implement the technology poorly, generating bad product reviews. Dissolving the IBM and Toshiba deals will cause revenue problems and generate doubt in the minds of investors."

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