by Anton Shilov
08/13/2012 | 01:00 PM
Advanced Micro Devices intends to released its A-series Fusion "Trinity" accelerated processing units (APUs) for mainstream desktops on the 1st of October, 2012. Partners of the company already have appropriate chips at hands, therefore, availability of the microprocessors with integrated graphics cores should be immediate and wide.
According to Hermitage Akihabara web-site, which managed to picture five AMD Fusion "Trinity" chips for desktops in FM2 form-factor in Japan, AMD intends to make the A-series 5000-family accelerated processing units officially available on October 1, 2012. At present, certain Japanese partners of AMD already have five APU models at hands that have OPN codes and model numbers, which means that they are production ready. Potentially, AMD can formally announce such products at any time it finds it strategically important.
Based on the fact that certain partners of Advanced Micro Devices already have dual-core, quad-core and unlocked versions of Trinity APUs, it is likely that the company will roll out a broad family of microprocessors with high-performance integrated graphics this October, in time for Holiday sales.
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 information regarding release date of Trinity, but earlier rumors did point at the launch of the APU in October.