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Hitachi returns to Transmeta notebook market

Hitachi plans to sell a machine based on the latest processor from Transmeta, the 1GHz version of the Crusoe TM5800 processor, the Flora 210W, next month in Japan.

The Tokyo company began offering notebook PCs based on Transmeta's low-power processors in October 2000 and launched its previous machine, the 220TX, in March 2001. Since March 2002 Hitachi has not had any Crusoe-processor based notebook computers.

The Flora 210W computer is a sub-notebook computer that weighs 950g. It has 256Mbytes of memory, a 15Gbyte hard disk drive, a 10.4in (TFT) thin film transistor and LCD, an Ethernet port and a selection of Wireless LAN (IEEE1394.11b) or Personal Handyphone System (PHS) adapter.

The machine can also be inserted into a cradle and accessed as an external hard disk drive from a desktop personal computer when connected by the cradle's USB 2.0 connection.

The Flora 210W will go on sale in Japan on 28 February and is priced at ¥228,000 (£1,170).

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