PC Solutions Briefs: Transmeta, Kingston, Sony, Linux

PC Solutions Briefs: Transmeta, Kingston, Sony, Linux

Transmeta shares drop in selling scrambleOriginal investors in chipmaker Transmeta, which went public six months ago, jumped at the chance to bail out last week as 109 million shares were released from lock-up restrictions, and nearly 33 million shares traded hands. However, one industry analyst cautioned that the selling frenzy might be an indication of market jitters rather than anything to do specifically with Transmeta.

Transmeta opened on the Nasdaq at $US14.57, but dropped $3.40 during the day to close at $11.17.

But investors should not be too quick to pass judgment on Transmeta based on last week's trading, said Dean McCarron, an analyst with Mercury Research. "There are two dynamics involved - what people's opinions of Transmeta as a company are, and what people's opinions of the market are," he said.

Kingston ships Version 1.0 Rambus modulesKingston Technology is going for gold as the first vendor to ship Version 1.0 Rambus DRAM-based SO-RIMM 800MHz memory modules in Australia.

The modules, which are available in 64MB and 128MB, were tested using a validation process set up between Kingston, Rambus and Advanced Validation Labs engineers.

"The SO RIMM module design release for high-volume manufacturing required the close cooperation of three companies with expertise in high-speed module design, advanced chip-scale package module manufacturing, and testing on ATE and system platforms," said Steve Chen, vice president partner and OEM marketing for Rambus.

Sony bows to pressure, unveils Linux for PS2In response to demand from Linux users, Sony Computer Entertainment (SCEI) has announced plans to sell a kit which enables the Linux operating system to run on the PlayStation 2 (PS2) game console platform.

The kit will allow developers to write PS2 software in a Linux environment on the PS2 console. The kit will be available from June, in Japan only. But Sony has not ruled out the possibility of developing the kit for international users in the future.

The beta version of the PS2 Linux Kit consists of a software DVD-ROM, a hard disk drive unit, a USB keyboard, a USB mouse, and Video Graphics Array adaptor.

The release follows a petition calling for Linux support on the PS2, which started in February and had collected more than 7000 signatures worldwide by May 4.

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