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Transmeta claims Intel shipped $100B of patent-infringing chips

Chip designer Transmeta Corporation says Intel Corporation has shipped at least $100 billion US worth of computer chips based on alleged patent infringements.

Chip designer Transmeta Corporation says Intel Corporation has shipped at least $100 billion US worth of computer chips based on alleged patent infringements.

Transmeta of Santa Clara, Calif., is suingIntel, also of Santa Clara, claiming the world's No. 1 chip-maker violated 10 of its patents.

"Transmeta's claim alleges that $100 billion in microprocessors from the Intel Pentium class product line have been shipped to date with Transmeta's patent-protected technology," Melissa Kahaly told CBC in an e-mailed statement on Friday.

Transmeta refused further comment on the matter, said Kahaly, a spokeswoman for Transmeta at global business communications consultancy Financial Dynamics in New York.

In a lawsuit filed in a U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware on Wednesday, Transmeta alleges that a range of Intel's computer chips infringe on its U.S. patents.

The chips in question include those in the latest Core 2 family, as well as older desktop and notebook chips in the Core, P6, Pentium 4 and Pentium M lines.

Transmeta's lawsuit seeks a halt to the alleged infringement, unspecified damages and reimbursement of legal and other costs incurred by the company stemming from the action.

Intel did not return CBC's telephone calls for comment.