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Hitachi to Ship Internet Appliance With Transmeta Chip

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plans to immediately begin shipping an Internet appliance in Japan based on



Crusoe processor.

Hitachi also plans to introduce the product in the U.S., but no timeframe was given.

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The Internet appliance, the Flora-ie 55mi, includes a pen interface, buttons for connecting to the Web and accessing email, a mobile phone interface and a 400-megahertz Crusoe microprocessor.

In November,



introduced an

Internet terminal with Crusoe chips.

Late last month, Transmeta's shares were battered after reports that a handful of notebook computers with the Crusoe chip were being recalled because of a problem with the microprocessor.