Toshiba, the third largest notebook computer maker, has announced that it will use Transmeta's Crusoe chips in its Libretto notebook PCs.
The Libretto L1/0600TNMM, which will weigh a mere 2.4 pounds and have up to a 14-hour battery life using an optional battery, will be built around a 600Mhz Crusoe processor, according to Toshiba.
Featuring a small lightweight design with a low power, 10-inch wide SXGA TFT screen with a 1280 x 600 resolution, and a 10Gb hard drive, the notebook will be available in Japan as of 18 May. The device measures 10.5" x 6.6" x .81".
The PC runs Microsoft Windows ME, and is equipped with two USB connectors, a PC card slot type II, and a mini-RGB often used for business presentations. In addition, it has a Bluetooth capability for wireless connection to the internet.
Jim Chapman, executive vice president of sales and marketing at Transmeta, said it is a major milestone that Toshiba has chosen Crusoe for this innovative new system. "Our strategy is to win big with Japan and then export the success into Europe and the US," he said.
Transmeta, which also counts Sony, Hitachi, Fujitsu and NEC among its Japanese clients, has yet to sign a deal with a US-based notebook maker, although the company has held talks with US chief executives.
Both US PC divisions of IBM and Compaq have said they will pass over the first round of Transmeta chips.
Although Dataquest said IBM and Dell surpassed Toshiba in notebook PC sales last year, Dataquest analyst Kanae Maita said: "This move is significant for Transmeta because Toshiba has a big presence in the global notebook PC market."
Transmeta shares fell 24 per cent to $11.10. Today is the first day that original investors could sell shares since the company's November initial public offering. The stock has lost 47 per cent of its value since that time. Toshiba shares fell 13 yen to 826 yen in Japanese trading.
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