Feeds

Updated: Transmeta to use IBM fabs after Cyrix loss

Company had already hired Linux founder

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

Reliable sources in Silicon Valley said early today that IBM Microelectronics is to take up some of the slack in its fabs caused by the loss of Cyrix business by building chips for Transmeta. The fabless valley start-up creates alternative VLSI chips for the multimedia market. Perhaps more significantly, Linus Torvalds, the designer of the now famous Linux OS, also works for Transmeta. The sources said that the chips produced by the company will use state-of-the-art silicon facilities at IBM Micro fabs. In July, the company, which is based at 3940 Freedom Circle in Santa Clara (phone number: 408 327-9830) and which has a mysterious web page which says nothing, was attempting to hire engineers to perform kernel development, create compilers, perform compatibility testing, and work on 3D graphics and verification. It has already poached staff from several leading universities, including Bill Rodriguez, on permanent loan from Project MAC at the MIT AI Lab, and Stephen Herrod, who worked on the Flash project at Stanford, partly funded by MIPS. The startup is headed by CEO David Ditzel, who formerly worked at Sun on its SPARC microprocessors. It is a member of the AGP forum and the American Electronics Association, but otherwise is highly secretive about its work. Ditzel was an early proponent of Risc architecture. The company, a fabless design firm, rather like Cyrix when it was formed, has some venture funding from Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft. No-one from IBM Micro was available for comment. ® Click here for more stories

Intelligent flash storage arrays

More from The Register

next story
I'll be back (and forward): Hollywood's time travel tribulations
Quick, call the Time Cops to sort out this paradox!
Musicians sue UK.gov over 'zero pay' copyright fix
Everyone else in Europe compensates us - why can't you?
Megaupload overlord Kim Dotcom: The US HAS RADICALISED ME!
Now my lawyers have bailed 'cos I'm 'OFFICIALLY' BROKE
MI6 oversight report on Lee Rigby murder: US web giants offer 'safe haven for TERRORISM'
PM urged to 'prioritise issue' after Facebook hindsight find
BT said to have pulled patent-infringing boxes from DSL network
Take your license demand and stick it in your ASSIA
Right to be forgotten should apply to Google.com too: EU
And hey - no need to tell the website you've de-listed. That'll make it easier ...
prev story

Whitepapers

Seattle children’s accelerates Citrix login times by 500% with cross-tier insight
Seattle Children’s is a leading research hospital with a large and growing Citrix XenDesktop deployment. See how they used ExtraHop to accelerate launch times.
5 critical considerations for enterprise cloud backup
Key considerations when evaluating cloud backup solutions to ensure adequate protection security and availability of enterprise data.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.