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Wired: Crusoe Chip's Rocky Origins

Jan 20, 2000, 19:25 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Leander Kahney)

"In the four years it took Transmeta to come to market, the company burned through more than US$100 million and came very close to disaster, according to gossip around the lunch table."

"Speaking on condition of strict anonymity, engineers with a major computer manufacturer said that after years of painstaking design work, the earliest Transmeta chips were a big performance disappointment. The engineers would neither confirm nor deny their company's plans to build Crusoe devices."

"They were dogs," said a Transmeta engineer, who also spoke on condition of anonymity. "We were in trouble."

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