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The Register heeft wat info lost weten te peuteren over de super geheimzinnige Transmeta chip, waarover de meest wilde verhalden de rond doen (bijv. dat er buitenaardse technologie in zou zitten).

Sources said that the long-awaited Transmeta processor is set to arrive in the fourth quarter of this year. And details have emerged about what type of chip it will be.

The sources said there will be x.86 compatibility built into the chip, and it will also function in Java devices.

The source said: "It will be a mobile chip sold by IBM Microelectronics and when it launches, it will announce customers for it."

Clock speeds of the part are expected to start at over 400MHz, according to reliable sources.

Nog meer info staat in dit artikel over de rol van Linus Torvalds (de bedenker van Linux) in het Transmeta project:

 

"Linus has taken a different look at it [the company] and has asked what x.86 actually means," the source said. "Effectively, it meant DOS and Windows 3.11 compatibility."

This is the standard route the cloners have followed, for good reason - as the bulk of PCs today (even Windows 98 ones) still run DOS-based operating systems, then compatibility remains important for current platforms.

But Torvalds seems now to be looking to a future where this isn't an issue. According to the source, Torvalds has come to the conclusion that the designers of Risc processors were a little too early to market with their offerings, but that has now changed.

"Compatibility now means it will run NT 5.0 and it is compatibility with NT 5.0 that is important."

If this is indeed what Torvalds is planning, it's an intriguing strategy that could pay off big-time if Microsoft delivers on its OS plans -or at least, what is generally understood about its notoriously flexible OS plans.

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