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Advanced Micro Devices plans to formally unveil its new code-named "Trinity" A-series Fusion accelerated processing units (APUs) on May 15, 2012, according to a media report and an X-bit labs source. The world's No. 2 supplier of microprocessors will introduce mobile versions of "Trinity" and will release desktop flavours later.

Previously, after it became clear that AMD's new chips would only emerge on the market in the middle of the year, it was widely believed that AMD would introduce its long awaited A-series "Trinity" APUs at Computex 2012 trade show in Taipei, Taiwan, in early June. However, a report at web-site, which was confirmed by an X-bit labs source with knowledge of AMD's current plans, points to May 15 as the formal introduction date of Trinity. The source specifically noted that only mobile version of the APU will be unwrapped.

Launching a new microprocessor ahead of a major trade show makes a lot of sense for AMD. Great attention will be attracted to the new chip amid the absence of other major announcement from different companies. Moreover, such announcement will help to at least partly avoid direct head-to-head comparison with the arch-rival from Intel, the code-named Ivy Bridge processor. Unfortunately, given the fact that only mobile chips will be introduced,  it will be impossible to determine maximum potential of Trinity in real-world applications.

AMD did not comment on Trinity APU launch date.

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 infrastructure.

According to performance benchmarks conducted by AMD, the Trinity 35W APU with Piledriver-class x86 cores will provide 25% better x86 performance compared to Llano 35W (with K10.5+ "Husky" x86 cores) based on results obtained in PC Mark Vantage Productivity benchmark. AMD also claims that Trinity 35W will offer up to 50% better result in 3D Mark Vantage performance benchmark compared to Llano 35W.

According to documents seen by X-bit labs, staring from early and middle March, 2012, AMD intends to mass produce its desktop A-series "Trinity" accelerated processing units with 65W thermal design power (TDP). In early May, 2012, the chip designer wants to initiate mass production of desktop A-series "Trinity" APUs with 100W TDP and higher performance. The Sunnyvale, California-based chip designer plans to release Trinity in mid-2012.

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


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Discussion started: 04/05/12 07:40:10 PM
Latest comment: 04/30/12 01:17:54 PM
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I'm definitely in the market for a Trinity powered laptop. The desktop Trinity should also be a decent entry level APU at a great price. Bring it on!
6 6 [Posted by: beenthere  | Date: 04/05/12 07:40:10 PM]


You always need an NVIDIA or AMD graphics card when you use Intel processors. Sandy Bridge gpu capabilities are pretty bad and hopefully the Ivy Bridge gpu's will be better.

I will go with the AMD APU because everything you do now a days is graphics or OpenCL processing.

I hate to have to buy a GPU because the integrated GPU can't handle anything. Just a CPU, no matter what the performance, is insufficient these days, and hopefully Intel will catch up with at least AMD higher end integrated gpus..

1 0 [Posted by: scoob  | Date: 04/06/12 07:12:28 AM]

I wonder if the 25% x86 increase in preformance over LIano will translate to a 25% increase over phenom in the Desktop end of piledriver.(Liano was a revised phenom)
0 0 [Posted by: campdude  | Date: 04/06/12 12:04:40 PM]
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Wut? The desktop version to mobile version is like comparing apples to oranges, so you would never really compare the two
2 0 [Posted by: veli05  | Date: 04/06/12 12:18:16 PM]
Just trying to stir some hope... lolAm3+ mobo owners (like me) are still waiting for a decent CPU... If all goes as predicted (by amd) only less than 10-15% desktop piledriver.
0 0 [Posted by: campdude  | Date: 04/08/12 01:48:26 AM]

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1 4 [Posted by: keysplayer  | Date: 04/06/12 02:57:06 PM]
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Did anyone here say that Ivy Bridge's GPU will be competitive with with Trinity in videogame performance? The point being made is that it's better to buy a Core i3/i5 system with a low-end Kepler/AMD GPU than to buy a Trinity based laptop.

A core i5 beats FX-8150 in most tasks, and especially in games. So your assertion that FX-8150 will beat an i5 is incorrect:

For most users, a mobile i5 will still be a superior choice than a mobile Bulldozer since it would consume far less power and be faster for the things they normally do - office tasks, games, etc.

Secondly, I run AMD GPUs right now. So to start with you calling me an "Nvidiot" is laughable. If it makes you sleep better at night believing I worship NV, knock yourself out.

Since I am brand agnostic, I have no problems acknowledging that at this current moment, Kepler (GTX680) is a more efficient and faster GPU architecture than GNC (HD7970) is. Similarly, since I look at it on a product by product basis, I'd recommend HD7870 over GTX580. I also think HD6870 is the best bang for the buck GPU right now. At the same time HD7750 and HD7770 are an absolute joke. Even though I run AMD GPUs right now, I have no reservation calling HD7750/ or HD7770 trash, because they are. See how that works when you have no brand loyalty and look at products base don price and price/performance?

Maybe in your small world with 3 brain cells brand loyalty matters; and that's why you had to label me siding with 1 particular brand - NV in this case. In my case I judge computer components on a product by product basis. It's hilarious people keep accusing me of being an NV fanboy every single day of the week, when NV clearly has the superior desktop architecture right now and Kepler's low-end discrete GPUs paired with a Core i3/i5 will have faster performance for games in laptops than Trinity's APU has. That's not fanboism on my part, but facts.

No one said anything about Trinity's APU being weaker than Ivy's GPU.

Your comment that Ivy gets stomped by Trinity...Yes in 1 case only = games! Do you realize most people who buy laptops don't care to play games? And those who go, will go out and buy a laptop that can actually play modern games, i.e., it will have some AMD or NV discrete graphics.
3 5 [Posted by: BestJinjo  | Date: 04/06/12 03:15:14 PM]

The performance uplift better translate into a better buy compared to a low-end Ivy Bridge with a low-end NVIDIA or AMD graphics card or AMD has launched another pointless product. This is a time where AMD must not screw up their CPU strategy or else we'll have to deal with another generation of stagnant CPU performance increases due to lack of competition. The only reason AMD's newer CPUs are showing significantly higher performance compared to their predecessors is because AMD can't make them efficient enough unlike Intel who hits an efficiency barrier right at the start or refuses to increase TDP any higher.
0 0 [Posted by: DirectXtreme  | Date: 04/06/12 10:05:13 PM]
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compared to a CPU and separate GPU, the power savings alone should make it interesting for a lot of markets already.
2 1 [Posted by: Countess  | Date: 04/07/12 06:10:29 AM]

I thought the article was about AMD's Trinty not about the FX's If one wants a joint cpu/graphic then there dose not seem to be a Intel chip available at present. Before the fanbois get excited I have both Intel and Amd powered computers here. The FX is like the P4 were.
0 2 [Posted by: tedstoy  | Date: 04/19/12 06:02:07 AM]


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