Acer takes Transmeta punt

Is it the yellow rose of Texas

Computex 2000 Thanks once more to the editor of Mobile Linux for tipping us off about Acer's contribution to the Transmeta fest.

Tim Brown, editor of Mobile Linux, tells us that in Q3 Acer will intro a yellow WebPad using the 3120 Crusoe chip, and the Mobile Linux operating system.

We anticipated that Acer would be one of the first off the mark when we broke the nature of the Transmeta offerings 18 months ago, but are a little surprised that FIC showed its hand at Computex while the much bigger Acer was more reticent.

There were other devices at the show. Uniwill launched its first Transmeta unit in January this year, and only seven or eight weeks back introduced their second generation device. Quanta was also early to the game. However, a source close to Transmeta's plans informs us that these units are not selling particularly well. The price, when wireless Lan cards and Access Point are added is close to $1,000.

When we got plastered with Tim B the other day [that's a different story, Ed], we're sure we asked him whether Transmeta had made a bid for his Web site, given that it's called Mobile Linux, while that's also the name of the operating system these devices use... ®

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