Microsoft kicked-off trials of its FlexGo PCs two weeks ago. The software giant is selling the prepaid PCs with its hardware partners through retail outlets in Brazil, Mexico, Russia, India and China.
Consumers can buy a FlexGo PC for a low cost and will be given a certain amount of time on the system.
When the time runs out, they can buy more over the internet or through pre-paid cards. The PC is owned outright after a set number of hours are purchased.
"For the first time, Transmeta and the Efficeon technology will have the brand and power and reach of AMD," said Art Swift, president and chief executive at Transmeta. "[Our goal is] to reach as many consumers in the world in emerging markets."
Specific terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Swift said that AMD and Transmeta have an exclusive arrangement for AMD to brand the specialised Efficeon chip under its own name and resell it around the world.
AMD plans to use Microsoft's FlexGo and its Efficeon deal with Transmeta as part of its 50X15 initiative, which aims to build a global network of partners and business models to help connect 50 per cent of the world's population to the internet by 2015.
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