Today's Tech Investor column on Business 2.0 reports on Transmeta's deal with HP,
Hewlett-Packard announced that it would be using Transmeta's Crusoe power-saving processor in some of its "thin-client" units. Thin clients are essentially stripped-down computers, either desktops or notebooks, that rely on servers for most of their applications and smarts. "The dynamics of the thin-client market are ideal for our processor: efficient and low-cost," says Art Swift, a senior vice president for marketing at Transmeta. "Our goal over the next couple years is to be the leading processor supplier for the thin-client market."
As with all things, however, perspective is key here. Though the HP deal is a big win for Transmeta, since it could act as a foot in the door to bigger and better deals, the thin-client market is tiny, accounting for approximately 1 percent of the overall computing market, according to Alan Promisel, an analyst with IDC.
Would be interesting to find out the price of the typical thin-client that is available in the market today in the US and the number of thin clients are out there and who's using them today. Maybe Rajesh who is an active proponent of thin clients, especially in the Indian context, may have some idea of the numbers.
The Tech Investor column also asks if Transmeta which launched in the late 90s with Linus Torvalds as of one of the people involved in the company, is doing too little too late. It is up against the more established chip makers like Intel and AMD.