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Nathan Myhrvold Part of Transmeta Sale

Nathan Myhrvold's Intellectual Ventures (IV), the great patent vacuum, has a piece of Novafora's deal to buy Transmeta, according to a filing dropped off with the SEC.

IV was apparently there at the bargaining table with Novafora, which makes digital video processors. It's putting $11.6 million towards the $255.6 million purchase price in exchange for some kind of rights to Transmeta's low-power silicon patents, perhaps so IV can protect one of its investors.

Remember now that $255.6 mil is about what Transmeta has in the bank and both Intel and AMD have licensed Transmeta's widgetry.

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