Alleged Specifications of AMD Fusion S-Series “Richland” Point to Clock-Speed Increase

Desktop AMD A-Series “Richland” APUs to Offer Higher Performance Thanks to Frequency Boost

by Anton Shilov
01/29/2013 | 10:45 PM

Although the future code-named Richland accelerated processing units from Advanced Micro Devices will generally resemble code-named Trinity APUs, the new chips will be capable of running at higher clock-speeds at the same power envelope, according to a list of specifications published by a web-site.

 

AMD’s second-generation A-series Fusion “Richland” APUs feature up to four Piledriver x86 cores as well as AMD Radeon HD graphics core with VLIW4 architecture. Many consider Richland as “Trinity 2.0” since micro-architecture- and feature set-wise the chips are identical. However, since Richland is essentially a re-spin of Trinity, it can run at higher clock-speed without requiring considerable amount of power. Both chips are made using 32nm process technology with SOI and HKMG at Globalfoundries.

According to VR-Zone web-site, which has published a table with specifications, AMD will indeed increase clock-speeds of desktop A-series 6000-family “Richland” accelerated processing units compared to AMD A-series 5000-family “Trinity” APUs. For example, the top-of-the-range A10-6800K chip will officially work at default clock-speed that is higher than 4.0GHz. Actual performance difference between Richland and Trinity will be negligible since difference in clock-speeds will not be high.

In a bid to further differentiate Trinity and Richland, laptops with the latter are expected to come bundled with new software for consumers such as gesture- and facial-recognition to expand and enhance consumers’ user experiences.

AMD did not comment on the news-story.