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Short Take: Agate develops hot-swapping chip

Agate Technologies has developed a chip for Linux computers that lets devices such as hard disks and CD-ROM drives be swapped in and out without having to shut the computer down. The company already supplies such chips for notebooks and Windows computers. The chip is expected to be available to computer builders in April. Agate plans support for Red Hat's version of Linux first with other versions to follow.

Agate Technologies has developed a chip for Linux computers that lets devices such as hard disks and CD-ROM drives be swapped in and out without having to shut the computer down. The company already supplies such chips for notebooks and Windows computers. The chip is expected to be available to computer builders in April. Agate plans support for Red Hat's version of Linux first with other versions to follow.