Tuesday saw widespread media speculation that Compaq Computer Corp. had dropped plans to use Transmeta Corp.’s power-saving Crusoe chip in a forthcoming line of notebook computers. A Compaq executive has since responded forcefully that the company has not changed its policy regarding Transmeta. According to him, Compaq had never committed to using Crusoe, despite having developed prototypes that use the chip, so its lack of commitment to the microprocessor cannot signal a policy change. Compaq owns substantial equity in Transmeta and therefore has an interest in seeing the high stock prices, set during the successful public offering this week, maintained.
A report of a change of Crusoe plans by Toshiba America was also denied by that company using similar wording, claiming that the company has yet to arrive at a decision on Crusoe and continues to evaluate the new processor technology.