AMD Unwraps Desktop, Laptop Plans for 2012: Komodo, Trinity, Krishna and Wichita

AMD's Fusion Chips to Replace Mainstream, Entry-Level Microprocessors

by Anton Shilov
11/09/2010 | 12:00 AM

At its financial analysts day on Tuesday Advanced Micro Devices released additional details about its future products for client personal computers. Apparently, in 2012 there will be no mainstream or entry-level central processing units (CPUs) without integrated graphics as AMD will address all the markets, except the high-end desktop, with its Fusion accelerated processing units (APUs).

 

The most powerful microprocessor for desktops that AMD will offer in 2012 will be code-named Komodo and which will have eight cores powered by improved Bulldozer micro-architecture. It is noteworthy that the server brother of Komodo - the code-named Sepang chip - will have up to ten cores, whereas traditionally AMD's most powerful desktop chips offered similar features as server chips. Perhaps, in 2012 the chip designer will change its tactics and client and server chip designs will be completely different.

For performance-mainstream, mainstream and entry-level desktops and laptops AMD plans to introduce Trinity family of APUs, which will have two or four next-generation Bulldozer x86 cores as well as DirectX 11-capable integrated graphics engine. AMD's Trinity family made using 32nm SOI fabrication process will likely be the company's biggest line in terms of volume.

For low-power desktops, ultra-thin notebooks, netbooks and other low-power devices the Sunnyvale, California-based AMD intends to offer Krishna and Wichita APUs powered by one to four enhanced Bobcat cores as well as DirectX 11-compliant graphics core. Advanced Micro Devices plans to utlize a bulk 28nm manufacturing process to build its next-generation low-power APUs. Unfortunately, at present it is unknown whether the company plans to use TSMC's or Globalfoundries' 28nm fabrcation process.