Diamond Multimedia will announce a "Web pad" device using Transmeta's Crusoe chip today, people familiar with the company's plans said at an event here yesterday. Diamond, which makes such hardware as modems and video acceleration chips, recently began manufacturing a portable MP3 player and has previously flirted with tablet-sized computers.
The Diamond product will use Transmeta's lower-end 3120 chip, which costs between $65 and $89 and is in production. Web pads and other devices using the 3120 chip are expected to cost between $500 and $1,000, Transmeta representatives said yesterday.
Transmeta in fact demonstrated several Web Pads, including some equipped with handwriting recognition software and a radio transmitter that could be used to surf the Internet. The company has geared its technology specifically to be used for Internet access devices, and favors use of a stripped-down version of the Linux operating system.
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