Sony will not recall Transmeta-based Vaio in US

Unlike NEC, Sony is not recalling any of its notebooks in the US that have Transmeta's Crusoe chip.

          Sony is not recalling any of its notebooks in the US that have Transmeta's Crusoe chip, a spokeswoman for a public relations firm working for Sony Electronics says.

          "There is no recall," said Danielle Ward, a spokeswoman at Mindstorm Communications, which is contracted by Sony Electronics. "We have received no calls on the Sony Vaio C1VN Picturebook."

          Earlier today, NEC Corp. announced that it would recall 284 computers based on the TM5600 Crusoe processor due to a problem with memory inside the processor itself. There is an error in the processor's cache, NEC said. NEC has sold about 2,800 machines based on the Transmeta processor since it went on sale in Japan in mid-October.

          The Sony Vaio C1VN Picturebook is the company's only model in the U.S. to run on Transmeta's chip. It uses the TM5600 Crusoe chip with a clock speed of 600MHz. Ward said Sony would make a more formal announcement during the afternoon Thursday.

          The TM5600 runs at clocks speeds between 500MHz and 700MHz, according to Transmeta's Web site.

          Transmeta saw its shares drop 10.76% or $US2.56 to $21.25 a share in afternoon trading Thursday.

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