A U.S.-based online store has started to take pre-orders on dual-core and quad-core A-series Fusion "Trinity" accelerated processing units (APUs). Apparently, the new chips will be pretty inexpensive: their costs are expected to start at $59 in e-tail, whereas the top-of-the-range model will cost $131.
In case pricing of select A-series "Trinity" APUs published by Bottom Line Telecommunications Corp. is correct, then the new chips by AMD should be pretty competitive as AMD seems to position its Fusion A-series FM2 chips against Intel Corp.'s mainstream Core i3 and Pentium products, which do not integrate high-performance integrated graphics adapters or sport four x86 cores.
According to the store, the first A-series "Trinity" will be priced as follows:
- AMD A4-5300 - dual-core, 3.40GHz/3.70GHz, 1MB L2, Radeon HD 7480D graphics core with 128 stream processors, 65W - $59.60;
- AMD A6-5400K - dual-core, 3.60GHz/3.80GHz, 1MB L2, Radeon HD 7540D graphics core with 192 stream processors, 65W - $73.60;
- AMD A8-5500 - quad-core, 3.20GHz/3.70GHz, 4MB L2, Radeon HD 7560D graphics core with 256 stream processors, 65W - $109.40;
- AMD A8-5600K - quad-core, 3.60GHz/3.90GHz, 4MB L2, Radeon HD 7560D graphics core with 256 stream processors, 100W - $109.40;
- AMD A10-5700 - quad-core, 3.40GHz/4.0GHz, 4MB L2, Radeon HD 7660D graphics core with 384 stream processors, 65W - $131.45;
- AMD A10-5800 - quad-core, 3.80GHz/4.20GHz, 4MB L2, Radeon HD 7660D graphics core with 384 stream processors, 100W - $131.45;
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.