Feeds

AMD to re-badge Transmeta CPUs

Efficeon to oust Geode?

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Computex 2006 AMD has decided it's more effective to offer Transmeta's Efficeon x86-compatible processor in emerging markets than one of its own - at least as far as chips that support Microsoft's developing-world PC rental scheme go.

Transmeta announced a version of its Efficeon chip that supports Microsoft's FlexGo programme last month. AMD will now market this processor as the AMD Efficeon, offering the part through its 50x15 initiative - a scheme to get half of the world's population on the internet by 2015.

AMD's own 50x15 efforts to date have centred on the provision of a rugged desktop PC, dubbed the Personal Internet Communicator (PIC) and based on the Geode GX x86-compatible chip AMD acquired from National Semiconductor some years ago. The programme is broader than the PIC, but clearly AMD reckons it's more cost-effective to offer chips based on Transmeta's FlexGo-ready technology than build FlexGo support into its own CPUs.

FlexGo equips PC suppliers with a software and hardware framework to support pre-pay and subscription computer usage models based on the way mobile phones are offered around the world. Instead of buying a machine outright, users can "borrow" the PC and buy processing time through pre-pay cards or a monthly subscription. The idea is to lower the cost of PC ownership and get more of the developing world and customers in emerging markets online.

At this stage, it's unclear whether AMD will fab its Efficeons or source them through Transmeta or a third-party. Transmeta no longer sells CPUs in its own right having opted to focus on technology licensing a couple of years ago. ®

The essential guide to IT transformation

More from The Register

next story
So, Apple won't sell cheap kit? Prepare the iOS garden wall WRECKING BALL
It can throw the low cost race if it looks to the cloud
Samsung Gear S: Quick, LAUNCH IT – before Apple straps on iWatch
Full specs for wrist-mounted device here ... but who'll buy it?
Apple promises to lift Curse of the Drained iPhone 5 Battery
Have you tried turning it off and...? Never mind, here's a replacement
Now that's FIRE WIRE: HP recalls 6 MILLION burn-risk laptop cables
Right in the middle of Burning Mains Man week
HUGE iPAD? Maybe. HUGE ADVERTS? That's for SURE
Noo! Hand not big enough! Don't look at meee!
AMD unveils 'single purpose' graphics card for PC gamers and NO ONE else
Chip maker claims the Radeon R9 285 is 'best in its class'
prev story

Whitepapers

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup
IT departments are embracing cloud backup, but there’s a lot you need to know before choosing a service provider. Learn all the critical things you need to know.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Backing up Big Data
Solving backup challenges and “protect everything from everywhere,” as we move into the era of big data management and the adoption of BYOD.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?