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Advanced Micro Devices plans to initiate manufacturing of its next-generation code-named Trinity accelerated processing units (APUs) for desktops in March, 2012. Initially, the company will target low-power systems and sometimes in May in plans to start manufacturing of high-performance next-gen Fusion A-series APUs.

Staring from early and middle March, 2012, AMD intends to mass produce its A-series "Trinity" accelerated processing units with 65W thermal design power (TDP), according to an AMD document seen by X-bit labs. In early May, 2012, the chip designer wants to initiate mass production of A-series "Trinity" APUs with 100W TDP and higher performance.

 

The 65W chips will belong to A10-5700, A8-5500, A6-5400 and A4-5300 families, whereas 100W microprocessors will only fit into A10-5800 and A8-5600 series.

 

It is unclear whether AMD will launch all versions of its chips at the same time, or microprocessors with 65W TDP that will hit mass production two months earlier will be formally introduced earlier than the more powerful parts.

Before releasing its highly-anticipated A-series "Trinity" APUs for desktop computer later in the year, AMD will refresh the family of its accelerated processing units with unlocked A8-3870K and A6-3670K "Llano" chips as well as A8-3820, A6-3620 and A4-3420 products in January, 2012.

AMD did not comment on its plans since they are not yet made public.

AMD’s second-generation code-named Trinity APU for mainstream personal computers (Comal for notebooks and Virgo for desktops) will be made using 32nm SOI HKMG process technology at Globalfoundries. The APU will feature up to four x86 cores powered by enhanced Bulldozer/Piledriver architecture, AMD Radeon HD 7000-series "Southern Islands" graphics core with DirectX 11-class graphics support, DDR3 memory controller and other improvements. The chips will be compatible with new FM2 infrastructure.

According to a slide that resembles those from AMD's presentations published by a web-site, AMD projects Trinity's Piledriver x86 cores to offer up to 20% higher performance compared to Husky x86 cores inside Llano. In addition, the newly-architected DirectX 11 graphics core will provide up to 30% higher speed in graphics applications, such as video games. The 20% speed improvement represents AMD's projections "using digital media workload" and actual performance advantage over currently available Fusion A-series "Llano" vary depending on the applications and usage models.

AMD expects the new Trinity APUs to be not only faster than Llano, but also more available because of improved yields as well as because increased number of 32nm SOI/HKMG wafer starts starting from the fourth quarter.

Tags: AMD, Bulldozer, Trinity, Llano, 32nm, Piledriver, Virgo, Comal

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This is good news for consumers.
7 5 [Posted by: beenthere  | Date: 11/30/11 09:15:19 AM]
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Hmm, AMD said earlier, that Trinity will be in shops at begginning of the year. So this statement 'begin production in March' looks like FIRST DELAY OF TRINITY.
7 2 [Posted by: Tristan  | Date: 11/30/11 11:50:02 AM]
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AMD introduced Llano for notebooks earlier than Llano for desktops. The same strategy can be applied here. The only question is why don't they promise to show the first Trinity-based laptops at CES, if they are ready to sell the APU early in the year?
7 0 [Posted by: Anton  | Date: 11/30/11 12:47:37 PM]
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Anton,is this true?
AMD: It Won't Be About 'AMD vs. Intel' Anymore

http://www.tomshardware.c...es-ARM-Tegra-3,14114.html

Do you have any news about that?
1 0 [Posted by: Pouria  | Date: 11/30/11 01:34:46 PM]
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I am trying to clarify with Michael what exactly did he want to say.

There are at least two strategic inflection points that we are facing today:

1. GPGPU. GPUs are becoming flexible and efficient to power supercomputers and accelerate consumer software.

2. ARM. Devices powered by ARM disrupt PC market. Potentially, one or more ARM partners may enter the ultra low cost PC market with Windows 8 launch.

There are also huge changes in the desktop/mobile/ultra-mobile software world. The communication world is in the midst of strategic drift.

The inflection point we are in has nothing to do with competitive positions between AMD and Intel. So, I doubt that x86 performance will cease to matter shortly.
3 0 [Posted by: Anton  | Date: 12/01/11 02:18:19 AM]
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Thank you Anton for the reply.
It would be nice if you could have an interview with Mr. Read sooner and ask him xbitlabs's members questions or just xbitlabs's questions about AMD's future plans or what he thinks or so.

I personally have got the latest trust-able news about AMD mostly from xbitlabs to be honest since I have found this website and I think this site have a good relationship with guys in AMD. Thanks again
0 0 [Posted by: Pouria  | Date: 12/01/11 08:55:48 AM]
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We are alwayws working on something. The question is whether companies want to answer our questions.
1 0 [Posted by: Anton  | Date: 12/01/11 01:08:58 PM]
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AMD lost the high performance battle to intel almost 6 years ago and it has never recovered since, they either have to change direction or die. Putting more focus on smart phones and tablets where the market is the right move instead of trying to compete with intel high performance cpu's that has gotten them no where but in the red. They don't have the money or the resoruces to compete in that area. AMD caught one break back in 2003 when Intel was sleeping, but ever since the sleeping giant woke back up Intel has been on a roll and there is nothing that AMD can do about it but to change direction.
3 1 [Posted by: SteelCity1981  | Date: 11/30/11 09:02:13 PM]
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The technical ignorance and hating does not change reality. Trinity notebook chips will be out in Q1. Trinity desktop chips will start in March.

A 20% improvement in IPC and 30% in IGP is very significant and will keep AMD ahead of Intel in laptop and entry level desktop/HTPC apps.

People can hate until the cows come home but AMD is still delivering what mainstream consumers desire and that will continue.
4 2 [Posted by: beenthere  | Date: 12/01/11 09:20:04 AM]
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There isn't any 20% IPC improvement. (IPC is performance per clock)

The only claim is a "up to" 20% *performance* improvement... in ONE particular category of application cherry picked by AMD ("digital media workload" ).

Bulldozer should've taught you how to translate AMD marketing spin.
1 0 [Posted by: chipper  | Date: 12/01/11 12:28:38 PM]
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...and how do you expect they got ~20% improvement with the SAME CLOCKSPEED? Duh !

Technical ignorance and hating does NOT change reality.

BOLD text is for the reading comprehension challenged... It's time for you folks to get in touch with reality because the hate ain't changing reality one bit.
3 2 [Posted by: beenthere  | Date: 12/01/11 01:28:33 PM]
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MORON!
1 2 [Posted by: dudde  | Date: 12/02/11 01:30:11 PM]
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