New Microprocessors

WSJ writes about the flurry of announcements expected from companies like Transmeta, Centaur, Sun and Fujitsu, all aimed in large part at taking on Intel. “Though aimed at different markets, the new chips illustrate common pressures that are reshaping competition in the semiconductor industry.” The focus is on chips for laptops and servers.

I was thinking: what if Intel reintroduce the 486 or Pentium 1 processors at the heart of thin clients? These machines could be the ones for the emerging markets, and if the chip were to cost less than USD 10, it should be possible to build the computer (excluding keyboard-mouse-monitor) for USD 50.

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Rajesh Jain

An Entrepreneur based in Mumbai, India.