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Transmeta's Risk Factors

Transmeta's Risk Factors - PCSTATS
Abstract: After looking over the 500 page IPO proposal, we pulled out the sections relating to the full disclosure of risk. Important info for investing to be sure.
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External Mfg. Website: Transmeta Sep 21 2000   Max Page  
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10. IF WE FAIL TO ESTABLISH AND MAINTAIN RELATIONSHIPS WITH KEY PARTICIPANTS IN OUR TARGET MARKETS, WE MAY HAVE DIFFICULTY SELLING OUR PRODUCTS.

In addition to our customers, we will need to establish and maintain relationships with companies that develop technologies that work in conjunction with our microprocessors. These technologies include operating systems, BIOS software, graphics chips, DRAMs and other hardware components and software that are used in computers. If we fail to establish and maintain these relationships, it would be more difficult for us to develop and market products with features that address emerging market trends.

11. IF OUR PRODUCTS ARE NOT COMPATIBLE WITH THE OTHER COMPONENTS THAT OUR CUSTOMERS DESIGN INTO THEIR SYSTEMS, SALES OF OUR PRODUCTS COULD BE DELAYED OR CANCELLED AND A SUBSTANTIAL PORTION OF OUR PRODUCTS COULD BE RETURNED.

Our products are designed to function as components of a system. We anticipate that our customers will use our products in systems that have differing specifications and that require various other components, such as dynamic random access memory, or DRAM, and other semiconductor devices. If our customers' systems are to function properly, all of the components must be compatible with each other. If our customers experience system-level incompatibilities between our products and the other components in their systems, we could be required to modify our products to overcome the defects or delay shipment of our products until the manufacturers of other components modify their products or until our customers select other components. These events would delay purchases of our products, cause orders for our products to be cancelled or result in product returns. System level incompatibilities that are significant, or are perceived to be significant, could also result in negative publicity and could significantly damage our business.

12. IF OUR CUSTOMERS ARE NOT ABLE TO OBTAIN THE OTHER COMPONENTS NECESSARY TO BUILD THEIR SYSTEMS, SALES OF OUR PRODUCTS COULD BE DELAYED OR CANCELLED.

Suppliers of other components incorporated into our customers' systems may experience shortages, which could affect the demand for our products. For example, from time to time, the semiconductor industry has experienced shortages of some materials and devices, including DRAM. Our customers could be forced to defer or cancel purchases of our products if they are not able to obtain the other components necessary to build their systems.

13. THERE MAY BE SOFTWARE APPLICATIONS THAT ARE NOT COMPATIBLE WITH OUR PRODUCTS, WHICH MAY HARM OUR REPUTATION, PREVENT OUR PRODUCTS FROM ACHIEVING MARKET ACCEPTANCE AND IMPAIR OUR REVENUE GROWTH.

Software applications with machine-specific routines programmed into them can result in specific incompatibilities. If a particular software application is programmed in a manner that makes it unable to respond correctly to our microprocessor, it will appear to users of that software that our microprocessor is not x86 compatible. We have encountered specific incompatibilities in the past and expect to do so in the future, which could harm our reputation. In addition, if customers perceive that our products are not sufficiently x86 compatible, our products may never achieve market acceptance and our revenue growth would be impaired.

14. IF WE FAIL TO MANAGE OUR GROWTH EFFECTIVELY, OUR BUSINESS MAY NOT SUCCEED.

 Our ability to implement our business plan in a rapidly evolving market requires an effective planning and management process. We have recently increased our number of employees substantially and plan to increase the scope of our operations and the size of our direct sales force domestically and internationally. This growth will require us to continue to expand our facilities. In addition, this growth may place a significant strain on our management systems, infrastructure and other resources. We expect that we will need to continue to improve our financial and managerial controls and procedures. We will also need to expand, train and manage our workforce worldwide. Furthermore, we expect that we will be required to manage an increasing number of relationships with customers and other third parties. Our failure to manage our growth effectively would harm our business.

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Contents of Article: Transmeta
 Pg 1.  Transmeta's Risk Factors
 Pg 2.  Sections 1-6
 Pg 3.  Sections 6-10
 Pg 4.  — Sections 10-14
 Pg 5.  Sections 15-19
 Pg 6.  Sections 19-22
 Pg 7.  Sections 23-27
 Pg 8.  Sections 28-31
 Pg 9.  sections 32-35

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