"Transmeta's acquisition ends one of the most interesting
corporate stories in Silicon Valley. What began with a company
wrapped in secrecy, but had enough technology to keep Linus
Torvalds as a software engineer on its staff, continued with an
impressive launch of the Crusoe processor in 2000, some design wins
(including Sony and Toshiba). However, Transmeta was never able to
seriously challenge the might of Intel and AMD and eventually
stopped building microprocessors in late 2004. The company went
through several business transitions and tried to license its
LongRun and LongRun2 power saving technologies, which did not
provide the kind of income the company needed to survive."
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