AMD/Transmeta collaborate on cheap PCs

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AMD/Transmeta collaborate on cheap PCs

Advanced Micro Devices Inc. president Hector de J. Ruiz confirmed earlier reports that his company is negotiating with upstart Transmeta Corp. about trading technologies aimed at producing very low-end consumer PCs and PC appliances. AMD wants Transmeta’s low-power chip technology to help cut power consumption in its Athlon and Duron microprocessors, perhaps to only 1 watt. These comments were made on the same day that Via announced its low-end PC initiative. According to an AMD VP, the Athlon and Duron core could be implemented in the low-cost market very quickly. AMD is reportedly also interested in Transmeta technologies for use in the handheld Internet devices market.

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