by Anton Shilov
06/14/2011 | 09:17 PM
At the AMD Fusion Development Summit (AFDS), Advanced Micro Devices for the first time demonstrated its next-generation code-named Trinity accelerated processing unit (APU) in action. This is the first evidence that the chip, which will be released as AMD's mainstream solution in 2012, is already working. The product is expected to be 50% faster than existing offerings.
"Our next product called Trinity is lined up for next year. [The chip's] performance will be at least 50% faster than [400GFLOPS] performance you see today from the Llano. Think less than ten years from now, 2020, 10TFLOPS performance in a notebook," said Rick Bergman, senior vice president and general manager of AMD products group.
Trinity is the first microprocessor that AMD showcased physically that features the company's next-generation Bulldozer x86 processing engines along with a new-generation Radeon graphics engine (potentially utilizing VLIW4 micro-architecture).
The live demonstration of Trinity included playback of a high-definition video along with Windows operating system. The company decided not to showcase any performance-demanding applications, therefore, it is unknown whether the firm is glad with its first Trinity silicon, which is made using 32nm process technology.
It is noteworthy that Mr. Bergman did not indicate whether Trinity will be available in the first half of 2012, or in the second half of the year. For AMD, it is now crucial to introduce its next-generation APU around the same time when Intel Corp.'s delayed code-named Ivy Bridge chip hits the market in early Q2 2012 in order to compete for design wins head-to-head with the market leader.
"We actually decided to surprise you here and actually show you a demo of Trinity platform. What you saw here was high-definition video playback, you also saw that Windows is running just fine," said Mr. Bergman.
Developers of microprocessors traditionally demonstrate working samples of their products about a year ahead of the commercial release. AMD said that it has had Trinity silicon for several weeks now.