AMD to Formally Announce "Trinity" Fusion APUs for Notebooks on May 15

AMD to Unwrap A-Series "Trinity" APUs for Laptops in Mid-May

by Anton Shilov
04/05/2012 | 05:56 PM

Advanced Micro Devices plans to formally unveil its new code-named "Trinity" A-series Fusion accelerated processing units (APUs) on May 15, 2012, according to a media report and an X-bit labs source. The world's No. 2 supplier of microprocessors will introduce mobile versions of "Trinity" and will release desktop flavours later.


Previously, after it became clear that AMD's new chips would only emerge on the market in the middle of the year, it was widely believed that AMD would introduce its long awaited A-series "Trinity" APUs at Computex 2012 trade show in Taipei, Taiwan, in early June. However, a report at web-site, which was confirmed by an X-bit labs source with knowledge of AMD's current plans, points to May 15 as the formal introduction date of Trinity. The source specifically noted that only mobile version of the APU will be unwrapped.

Launching a new microprocessor ahead of a major trade show makes a lot of sense for AMD. Great attention will be attracted to the new chip amid the absence of other major announcement from different companies. Moreover, such announcement will help to at least partly avoid direct head-to-head comparison with the arch-rival from Intel, the code-named Ivy Bridge processor. Unfortunately, given the fact that only mobile chips will be introduced,  it will be impossible to determine maximum potential of Trinity in real-world applications.

AMD did not comment on Trinity APU launch date.

AMD’s second-generation code-named Trinity APU for mainstream personal computers (Comal for notebooks and Virgo for desktops) will be made using 32nm SOI HKMG process technology at Globalfoundries. The APU will feature up to four x86 cores powered by enhanced Bulldozer/Piledriver architecture, AMD Radeon HD 7000-series "Southern Islands" graphics core with DirectX 11-class graphics support, DDR3 memory controller and other improvements. The chips will be compatible with new infrastructure.

According to performance benchmarks conducted by AMD, the Trinity 35W APU with Piledriver-class x86 cores will provide 25% better x86 performance compared to Llano 35W (with K10.5+ "Husky" x86 cores) based on results obtained in PC Mark Vantage Productivity benchmark. AMD also claims that Trinity 35W will offer up to 50% better result in 3D Mark Vantage performance benchmark compared to Llano 35W.

According to documents seen by X-bit labs, staring from early and middle March, 2012, AMD intends to mass produce its desktop A-series "Trinity" accelerated processing units with 65W thermal design power (TDP). In early May, 2012, the chip designer wants to initiate mass production of desktop A-series "Trinity" APUs with 100W TDP and higher performance. The Sunnyvale, California-based chip designer plans to release Trinity in mid-2012.