It might be a day late, but users hope Sony Electronics' Transmeta-based notebook is still a watt or two short.
A spokeswoman for Sony Electronics, San Diego, said the first notebook PC to use a microprocessor designed by Transmeta Corp. (stock: TMTA) will ship Thursday, a day later than originally planned, and will be in users' hands by early November.
Sony (stock: SNE) claims the Vaio CiVN PictureBoook will allow users up to 5.5 hours of battery life, much longer than comparable systems built on microprcoessors from Intel Corp. (stock: INTC) or Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (stock: AMD).
The spokeswoman contradicted reports by Sony's own sales staff, two of whom said the company was not taking new orders of the new machines.
Sony's website previously said that the new PictureBooks would ship on Wednesday, although a sales associate also said the information was in error.
In any event, the new Vaio -- when it ships -- promises to be the first notebook PC in the United States to use the Crusoe, a low-power microprocessor from Transmeta, Santa Clara, Calif., that has appeared in notebooks from NEC Corp. (stock: NIPNY) and Fujitsu, but only in Japan.
In September, Sony said the C1VN would ship with a 600-MHz TM5600 Crusoe microprocessor, bundled with 128 Mbytes of SDRAM, an 8.9-inch UWXGA display, a built-in digital camera, and a slot for a MemoryStick memory card. (see Inside Notebooks, Sept. 18, 2000).
The Sony spokeswoman indicated that the C1 will sell for $2,299.99.
NEC and Fujitsu have already introduced Transmeta-based notebooks in Japan, and Hitachi Ltd. (stock: HIT) plans to ship a "Flora" model in Japan as well, the company said.