The Register bericht over wazige connecties tussen de mistige Elbrus E2K (een of andere super processor die de Intel Itanium in z'n broekje doet plassen) en de net zo vage chip waar ze (o.a. Linus Torvalds) bij Transmeta aan zouden werken:
The Russian microprocessor startup firm which claims its E2K chip could give Intel's Merced-Itanium a run for its money, is claiming links with Transmeta, Cygnus, Avant! and Sun.
Boris Babayan, scientific head of Elbrus, used to work for the Soviet Government and claims his team of architects pioneered a number of developments in architecture design. Those claims are hotly disputed by many senior chip architects in the US.
In an interview with Lenin Prize Winner Babayan last year, The Register heard him claim that the Elbrus architectural approach beat Intel's Merced approach hands down on a number of fronts.
And in June this year, Gordon Bell, a top Microsoft boffin, claimed that the Elbrus approach to microprocessor design definitely had a future. The Russian firm claims funding from the Moscow government and from a number of other investors.
But it is also claiming on this Web site, in English, that it has a close relationship with mystery company start up company Transmeta and with arch-Intel rival Sun.