SAN FRANCISCO Advanced Micro Devices Inc. and Transmeta Corp. have entered into an exclusive agreement under which AMD will market and provide the specialized version of Transmeta's Efficeon microprocessor in emerging markets, the companies said Monday (June 5).
The AMD Efficeon microprocessor was specifically designed by Transmeta to provide a secure hardware foundation for FlexGo, Microsoft Corp.'s technology that enables pay-as-you-go and subscription computing models, AMD (Sunnyvale, Calif.) and Trasmeta (Sunnyvale, Calif.) said.
AMD said Microsoft's FlexGo technology, and the pay-as-you-go and subscription computing models it enables, combined with AMD's Efficeon processor, will accelerate AMD's 50x15 initiative. Under 50x15, AMD is establishing a global network of partners and business models to help connect 50 percent of the world's population to the Internet by the year 2015, the company said.
"The AMD Efficeon processor is the industry's first microprocessor designed specifically to support Microsoft FlexGo technology," said Billy Edwards, AMD chief innovation officer and senior vice president, in a statement.