Advanced Micro Devices has officially published specifications of some of its A-series Fusion "Trinity" accelerated processing units (APUs) for desktops. However, according to media reports, AMD plans to delay its highly-anticipated desktop APUs to Fall, which means that only mobile versions will be available this Summer.
While at Computex Taipei 2012 trade-show numerous mainboard makers demonstrated systems running AMD Fusion "Trinity" A10-5800K APUs, many of manufacturers complained about AMD's plans to delay launch of the desktop chips to September or October, reports TechReport web-site. The reasons for the delay are unclear, but Globalfoundries, the contract maker of semiconductors that produces both Llano and Trinity APUs using 32nm process technology, claims that there are no yield issues related to AMD's products.
Despite of the alleged launch delay, AMD did publish specifications of its next-generation A-series 5000-family APUs on its web-site. The specs reaffirm details published by X-bit labs back in February, 2012, and hence are nothing new.
It is noteworthy that despite of the fact that AMD intended to release its highly-anticipated Trinity products in around the middle of the year, it only launched several mainstream mobile chips in mid-May and delayed high-performance and ultra low-power mobile APUs to a later date. Moreover, the company also plans to postpone the release of desktop versions of its second-generation Fusion APUs to late-Q3 or early-Q4. Such a delay will negatively impact AMD's ability to compete on the market of performance desktops and notebooks as its arch-rival Intel has already rolled-out a broad family of its Core i-series 3000-family "Ivy Bridge" central processing units.
The AMD A-series "Trinity" APUs feature up to four x86 cores powered by enhanced Bulldozer/Piledriver architecture, AMD Radeon HD 7000-series graphics core with DirectX 11-class graphics support, DDR3 memory controller and other improvements, such as new dynamic acceleration Turbo Core technology, improved video playback engines and so on. The new chip is made using 32nm process technology at Globalfoundries, just like its predecessor code-named Llano, but thanks to architectural improvements it is projected to be 25% - 50% faster - depending on the task - than the first-gen A-series APU.
AMD did not comment on the news-story.
Tags: AMD, Trinity, Fusion, 32nm, Radeon, Piledriver
Comments currently: 11
Discussion started: 06/14/12 01:54:49 PM
Latest comment: 07/07/12 11:30:10 AM
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I guess it depends WHO these "sources" are that mobo makers are getting their info. from...
AMD STILL states that the desktop Trinity APUs will be available H2 of '12. Depending on the report-of-the-day this could be Aug., Sept., Oct. or pick-a-date.
06/14/12 01:54:49 PM]
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When the source is Charlie, it's the other way around.
06/15/12 12:35:20 AM]
What matters or doesn't matter to you is irrelevant to most of the world. Consumers buy what makes them happy. Most people couldn't care less what brand of CPU/GPU is in the PC they buy. All they care about is that the PC does what they want it to do and that they can afford it.
People buying AMD's desktop APUs at the moment are doing so because they are a cost effective entry level desktop PC solution. Before long AMD will introduce APUs to cover the entire spectrum from entry level to highend user in all market segments from laptop to desktop to server, where AMD's APUs have already proven to be an exceptional value while providing all the performance that mainstream consumers need or desire.
Discrete CPU/GPU combos will become the exception in a few years as they are not cost effect, consume more power, are more expensive to produce and offer much less value for most PC users.
06/15/12 05:27:26 AM]
What I have seen on another site is that Trinity desktop will be available soon... for OEMs only (Acer, HP and al). To buy a retail box version, one will have to wait till later in the fall.
If true, this would show that demand is so strong for Trinity that AMD had to sacrifice retail channel sales for now.
06/15/12 01:51:44 PM]
I just saw an HP desktop using Trinity A10-5700 on sale at Costco. So I don't know what delays you are talking about.
06/16/12 05:10:06 PM]
Trinity will not support 7000 series graphics. It will support 6900 graphics with VLIW4 architecture. 7000 series is built with GCN architecture and will not be seen on AMD APUs until Kaveri.
07/07/12 11:30:10 AM]
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