Feeds

Former Transmeta CEO goes at Intel with another low-power chip

Not again

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

Exclusive Matthew Perry - no, not that one - can't seem to escape the idea of dealing a devastating blow to Intel. The former Transmeta CEO has landed at chip start-up Montalvo Systems, according to our sources, and is running the company.

As we reported in an exclusive last October, Montalvo has been hammering away on a low-power x86 processor. At first, industry watchers thought the chip would be aimed at mobile devices such as PDAs. Now, however, we've learned that the super-secretive Montalvo is most likely chasing the notebook market with what's described as a "high-end, low-power chip."

Montalvo has an impressive assortment of chip experts on board, including Greg Favor, an ex-AMD fellow and designer of the K6 processor, Peter Glaskowsky, former editor of the Microprocessor Report and a ton of former Transmeta staff. (Thanks to an SEC filing, we see that Vinod Dham, former CEO of Silicon Spice, which Broadcom acquired, serves as a director of Montalvo as well.)

The Montalvo name is thought to come from the popular Silicon Valley spot Villa Montalvo where Transmeta first launched.

Transmeta hoped to dent Intel and AMD's hold on the x86 chip market by creating a low-power processor that used sophisticated software to crank through instructions. Perry became Transmeta's CEO in 2002 and then left the firm in April of 2005.

But, he didn't go far.

Transmeta's old offices sat at 3990 Freedom Circle in Santa Clara, wile Montalvo lists 3960 Freedom Circle as its home.

Perry did not return our call seeking comment.

Montalvo recently secured $74m in funding from New Enterprise Associates, Bay Partners, U.S. Venture Partners and original backer NewPath Ventures.

All those backers are sure to have thinned out the shares in Montalvo - bad news for employees hoping to get filthy rich.

We're impressed that Perry has the resolve to face the x86 market again and to do so with a similar pitch. Fighting Intel and AMD requires an incredible amount of capital, patience and luck. A strong notebook chip, however, could be of interest to AMD, which has struggled to replicate its server and desktop success in the mobile market. ®

The next step in data security

More from The Register

next story
Hey, Scots. Microsoft's Bing thinks you'll vote NO to independence
World's top Google-finding website calls it for the UK
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
Apple CEO Tim Cook: TV is TERRIBLE and stuck in the 1970s
The iKing thinks telly is far too fiddly and ugly – basically, iTunes
Israeli spies rebel over mass-snooping on innocent Palestinians
'Disciplinary treatment will be sharp and clear' vow spy-chiefs
Huawei ditches new Windows Phone mobe plans, blames poor sales
Giganto mobe firm slams door shut on Microsoft. OH DEAR
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Found inside ISIS terror chap's laptop: CELINE DION tunes
REPORT: Stash of terrorist material found in Syria Dell box
OECD lashes out at tax avoiding globocorps' location-flipping antics
You hear that, Amazon, Google, Microsoft et al?
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet
Explores the current state of website security and the contributions Symantec is making to help organizations protect critical data and build trust with customers.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.