Lifting the lid on Silicon Valley's best kept secret, the Transmeta Corporation will finally tell the world about its revolutionary software based microprocessor next January.
Linus Torvalds, founder of the Linux operating system, told Comdex attendees that his employer, Transmeta, would give full details of its software chip on 19 January 2000, almost five years after the mysterious company's creation.
Torvalds gave few details other than that it would be a "smart CPU, the first microprocessor built with software."
He teasingly referred attendees to Transmeta's website for further details. However, visitors to www.transmeta.com were given little more than confirmation of the launch date and the chip's name: "The Crusoe Processor".
Santa Clara, California based Transmeta has done a good job of keeping its chip plans under wraps, although some unconfirmed details have leaked out.
Sources told vnunet.com earlier this year that it would be a mobile chip, with a clock speed of more than 400MHz that would be distributed by IBM.
Founded in 1995, Transmeta is headed by chief executive, David Ditzel, a renowned chip guru. Investors in the company include Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.
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