SJ Mercury/AP: Top secret processor project slated for unveiling

A top-secret computer chip designed and funded by a
powerful group of high-tech leaders is slated to roll out this
Wednesday amid a flurry of high expectations — and

“For the past five years, Transmeta Corp. has secretly toiled
away on the project under the leadership of CEO David Ditzel, a
former chip designer for AT&T’s Bell Labs and Sun Microsystems

“What makes Transmeta all the more interesting is the cast of
characters attached to the Santa Clara-based company. Employees
include superstar designers like Linux creator Linus Torvalds,
while investors consist of industry barons like Microsoft Corp.
co-founder Paul Allen and billionaire financier George Soros.”

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