News.com meldt dat America Online, Gateway, Compaq, Sony en een aantal Taiwanese bedrijven een bedrag van 88 miljoen dollar in Transmeta pompen. Transmeta is fabrikant van de energiezuinige CrusoŽ mobile processors, die met behulp van code morphing x86 compatible zijn. Dankzij de poen van bovenstaand rijtje investeerders kan Transmeta zich verheugen in voldoende belangstelling voor de CrusoŽ processors:
Today's funding addresses the concern of analysts who noted in January the conspicuous lack of customers for Transmeta's chips.
"It's a pretty impressive list," said MicroDesign Resources analyst Keith Diefendorff. "It indicates a vote of confidence for the Transmeta approach."
So far, only relatively small companies such as S3 have announced that they will use Transmeta's processors in their Internet appliances. Today's investments indicate that the technology elite see a future for the company's chips.
Transmeta executives also indicated that deals with large manufacturers are in the works.
"The systems are in development," said Jim Chapman, vice president of sales and marketing. "The major product releases will happen around mid-year."