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Transmeta Up For Sale 112

arcticstoat writes "After giving up on the CPU manufacturing business in 2005, low-power CPU designer Transmeta has announced that it's up for sale. In a statement, the processor company that brought us the mobile Crusoe and Efficeon series of CPUs said that it has 'initiated a process to seek a potential sale of the Company.' The announcement came straight after Transmeta reached a legal agreement with Intel over Transmeta's intellectual property and patents, which includes Intel making a one-off payment of $91.5 million US to Transmeta before the end of this month, as well as annual payments of $20 million US every year from 2009 through 2013."
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Transmeta Up For Sale

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  • Why is this legal? (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 25, 2008 @04:15PM (#25157593)
    It seriously needs to be illegal for one corporation to buy another,and, when one goesunder, they just need to die,with all IP becoming public domain.
  • by Paul Carver (4555) on Thursday September 25, 2008 @04:43PM (#25157997)

    I have a Fujitsu P2000 with a Transmeta CPU in it and frankly the CPU is nothing special. It runs quite hot and doesn't have any significant power saving settings.

    I love the P2000 because of the size, sturdy build, and dual batteries, but I wish I had been able to get the exact same laptop with an Intel CPU instead.

    As far as I can remember there was never anything about Transmeta to get excited about. The only hype they ever had going for them was the fact that Linus Torvalds worked for them for a while.

  • Re:I'll take it! (Score:2, Interesting)

    by G0rAk (809217) <[moc.lufesulacitcarp] [ta] [eimaj]> on Thursday September 25, 2008 @05:00PM (#25158203) Homepage

    I'll give them 500 shares of Lehman Brothers stock and my Star Wars collection.

    You'd honestly consider trading you're first run still-in-packaging Boba Fett for a mere multi-million pound business?

    Hand your geek card in at the door.

  • Sad thing is (Score:3, Interesting)

    by WindBourne (631190) on Thursday September 25, 2008 @05:00PM (#25158207) Journal
    They SHOULD have gone places. The owners should have ponied up money to small start-ups based around those chips. It would have been a small amount of money and would have gotten sales moving.
  • Nvidia? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by EightBits (61345) on Thursday September 25, 2008 @05:08PM (#25158321)

    I know Nvidia has made some statements saying they aren't looking at the uproc business, but they should seriously buy this company to put them on better footing to compete with Intel and AMD.

    Here's to hoping Nvidia takes it.

  • I for one am sorry (Score:3, Interesting)

    by hairyfeet (841228) <bassbeast1968&gmail,com> on Thursday September 25, 2008 @05:20PM (#25158483) Journal
    To see them go. Their chips always looked interesting but I never got a chance to build a machine with one. Perhaps someone like Nvidia will snap them up? Although personally I'm betting if AMD starts to look like a threat Intel will snatch up Nvidia or Nvidia will snatch up Via. Because the CPU+GPU could turn out to be the right price/performance mix for the laptop/netop business. But if Nvidia wants to get into the integrated CPU+GPU game either the Transmeta Crusoe or the new Via ultra low power chips would probably go great with the new Nvidia Tegra chip. But as always this is my 02c,YMMV
  • by 3waygeek (58990) on Thursday September 25, 2008 @05:41PM (#25158683)

    They had the domain, which they bought from a friend of mine for somewhere around $5K. Maybe he can buy it back now.

  • Buyers (Score:4, Interesting)

    by escay (923320) on Thursday September 25, 2008 @06:04PM (#25158987) Journal

    This fabless company is slowly but surely making its way into the mobile processor business. It has got enough market cap, has a reputation in the chip business and is not encumbered with heavy acquisitions (yes, i'm referring to AMD). Low-power, efficient mobile chips is exactly what Qualcomm is after as well (see Snapdragon). Lastly, it's business model is also entirely based on patents which makes Transmeta a perfect fit.

    Buying Transmeta would give Qualcomm the elbow room needed to jostle into the microprocessor business, and ward off hungry competitors like ST micro.

  • by MikeBabcock (65886) <> on Thursday September 25, 2008 @11:55PM (#25161897) Homepage Journal

    As I recall, Intel didn't start making power-conscious CPUs until Transmeta showed its hand and started bragging about its power savings.

    Intel started doing some work (or paying for technology) and suddenly had competing CPUs for sale.

  • by amorsen (7485) <> on Friday September 26, 2008 @02:58AM (#25162875)

    Trying to get every piece of software in an open-source format would be extremely hard to impossible.

    There is nothing preventing you distributing proprietary software as source code. In fact, it would have made a lot more sense if copyright only applied to software distributed with the source code. That would have made the book analogy a lot more compelling.