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ZDNet: Has Transmeta's chip finally come in?

May 31, 2000, 00:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John G. Spooner)

"Secretive chip startup Transmeta Corp. says its eye-opening deal to supply Gateway Inc. and America Online Inc. with Internet-appliance chips is just the start of things to come."

"...It's good for Transmeta. It gives the company some credibility," said Mike Feibus, an analyst with market research firm Mercury Research in Scottsdale, Ariz."

"Transmeta's other area of focus, the thin-and-light notebook PC, is sexy but a small piece of the overall market for PCs, Feibus said. Transmeta "is going to win or lose in these new and emerging markets" as symbolized by the Gateway/AOL deal, he said."

"It is rumored that Gateway chose Transmeta over National Semiconductor's Geode, an x86-based system-on-a-chip aimed at Internet appliances. Gateway officials said the company evaluated processors by criteria including performance, operating temperature and power consumption. The 3120 chip, available in speeds of 333MHz to 400MHz, consumes about 1 watt of power when in use."

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