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Advanced Micro Devices may delay release of its new accelerated processing unit code-named Trinity for desktops in a bid to adjust the design of the chip. Theoretically, the move will allow AMD to launch both Trinity APU and Vishera central processing unit at the same time. But will it make any good for the company?

Journalist Joseph Tsai of Digitimes web-site (citing anonymous sources) claims that AMD has run into "production and design issues with the Trinity processors" which caused the chip designer to "to make some adjustments to the processors' designs". Furthermore, there are, apparently, too many A-series "Llano" APUs in the channel, which would potentially slow-down adoption of A-series "Trinity" (that uses FM2 packaging) which is not compatible with FM1 mainboard designs for Llano.

The delay of the A-series APU trinity launch will without doubts underline the strategy of AMD's new chief executive officer, Rory Read, who believes it makes no sense to compete with Intel Corp. when it comes to performance. At the same time, it underlines AMD's inability to fight Intel in terms of both CPU performance and ability to supply high-end microprocessors in volume. Still, AMD can compete against Intel when it comes to feature-set and graphics-intensive performance of its Fusion APUs. Therefore, it is unclear why AMD intentionally skips back-to-school-season by a very advanced chip. Perhaps, the company does have problems with yields of Trinity, but given the current economic climate, this may not be the issue.

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: 07/16/12 03:55:35 PM
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AMD apu models start to show up with K at the end of the model name. Is that going the way INTEL models suggested with unlock CPU clock?
0 0 [Posted by: idonotknow  | Date: 07/16/12 03:55:35 PM]

Should the title of this article be "in October" instead of "to October." It sounds like it is going to a city or street that is named October.
0 1 [Posted by: tecknurd  | Date: 07/16/12 07:25:30 PM]
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If it was "in October" it would sound like AMD is going to wait till October and then say they are going to delay CPUs.
0 0 [Posted by: PsiAmp  | Date: 07/17/12 12:01:28 AM]
The article states that the processors are going to be introduced in October. This means delaying the launch until October of this year (2012). That is too late. AMD will not see sales coming until next year for Trinity and Vishera even though they are introduced in October.
1 0 [Posted by: tecknurd  | Date: 07/17/12 03:49:04 AM]
The thing is Trinity Desktop is already being sold in the OEM market (HP etc). I have seen A8-5500 based Desktops on Walmart shelves. This delay only affects the retail desktop market.
0 0 [Posted by: caqde  | Date: 07/18/12 09:22:02 AM]
It should be "until October" not "to October". Delayed in October would mean the delay was announced in October.
1 0 [Posted by: user99  | Date: 07/18/12 10:07:10 PM]

Too bad about the delay. It will hurt AMD financially... again.

For general use, the sweet spot will be the non-K A10-5700, because all cores and shader processors are enabled.

The A10-5700 has a slight clock penalty from the A10-5800K, but has a much lower TDP.

It is strange that AMD has to redesign the chip, as Trinity is already available in lower TDPs for notebooks. I would have thought that desktop models are the same, except with more power and higner frequencies.

Trinity will still be markedly slower than Sandy Bridge, but I would not hesitate to recommend it for the non-enthusiast user.

1 1 [Posted by: BernardP  | Date: 07/17/12 07:42:59 AM]
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I don't know about redesigning the chip given they are already being sold in the OEM market by HP at Walmarts. I have seen the A8-5500 listed on an HP computer on the shelves. So my guess would be that the OEM's are purchasing up most of AMD's Trinity chips so until they have enough to sell to the Retail market we have to wait apparently until October it seems.

Oh and here is a computer with the A10-5700 ->
1 0 [Posted by: caqde  | Date: 07/18/12 09:26:06 AM]

So the A10-5700 is already available!
0 0 [Posted by: BernardP  | Date: 07/18/12 05:45:47 PM]

I guess there are serious manufacturing issues, again... sad, I was planning to switch to FM2 but it looks like I won't be able to do so... still looking for Kaveri. :D
1 0 [Posted by: Martian  | Date: 07/17/12 02:45:02 PM]

Wish AMD had it's own Fabrication Plants. I missed AMD really...
0 0 [Posted by: Pouria  | Date: 07/18/12 02:34:16 AM]


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