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Upside: Did Transmeta pull a fast one on computer makers?

Dec 05, 2000, 21:53 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ali Asadullah)

"Just last week, NEC recalled 300 laptop computers that used Transmeta's Crusoe chip, while Sony warned in Japan of potential problems with Vaio notebooks that use the chip...."

"The fact of the matter is that Transmeta solves the very real problem of power consumption in a very ingenious manner. Instead of spending millions on research and development to make a better buggy whip, Transmeta has sidestepped silicon, copper and plastics and simply coded a solution. Sometimes the best answer is the one right in front of your face, and Transmeta had the horse sense to put down the binoculars for a minute."

"Have there been a few glitches along the way? Yes indeed. But it's an overly sensitive market and a hawkish media that have swooped down to feast on what is simply a temporary setback. A recall or some cautionary comments do not signify any fundamental flaw in Transmeta's technology. They simply mean that there is some temporary issue the company needs to deal with."

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