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Reuters: Silicon Valley's secretive Transmeta coming out of hiding

Jan 17, 2000, 02:04 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Therese Poletti)

"Transmeta Corp., one of Silicon Valley's most secretive startup companies, is about to come out of hiding this week with a new processor for mobile computing devices that sources said has a novel approach to chip design."

"Semiconductor industry sources who asked not to be named said that the Crusoe chip represents a fundamental change in the Internet-based world of computing. The sources, which include industry analysts, said that the Crusoe chip will initially be aimed at notebook computers and Internet appliances, but it can ultimately be used in cell phones and other devices."

"The company was founded in 1995 by David Ditzel, who is well known in the semiconductor industry as a key architect of Sun Microsystems Inc.'s SPARC processor family..."

"Everything will be revealed on January 19 both at the product announcement and on the Web site," said Ditzel..."

"Torvalds' employment at Transmeta has fueled speculation that the Crusoe processor will power devices running Linux..."

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