in a way intel doesnt lose face over it but its very sneeky sneeky... and also holding back performance from an extra core.. guess they care more about money then giving the user every last bit of performance
Even though Advanced Micro Devices' code-named Llano A-series accelerated processing units were supposed to contain two or four x86 cores only, AMD is now working on a version of Llano chips with three x86 processing engines. The new AMD A6-3500 chips will help AMD to expand its APU offer as well as get rid of chips with one faulty x86 core.
The first triple-core AMD A6-3500 accelerated processing unit will sport 2.1GHz (2.40GHz Turbo Core) clock-speed, 3MB L2 cache, Radeon HD 6530D graphics core with 320 stream processors clocked at 443MHz and will feature dual-channel DDR3 memory controller, according to a report from Zol.com.cn, which contains a picture of the chip as well as screenshots from CPU-Z app that contains specifications.
The new triple-core APUs will be essentially cut-down versions of quad-core chips and therefore will be drop-in compatible with FM1 platforms as well as will be made using 32nm silicon-on-insulator process technology.
The addition of triple-core accelerated processing units into the A-series lineup will hardly make a substantial addition to AMD's revenue or will tangibly boost popularity of the family. Still, such chips will let AMD to expand the amount of offering sand the number of price-points as well as will allow it to get rid of chips that contain a faulty x86 core.
AMD did not comment on the news-story.