AMD revamps APU offerings with Trinity

By on May 15, 2012, 2:05 AM

AMD has launched their second generation Accelerated Processing Units (APUs) for mainstream and ultrathin notebooks, traditional and all-in-one desktops, HTPCs and embedded designs. Codenamed “Trinity”, the new APUs are described as a ground-up improvement over first generation components with double the performance per watt of Llano parts.

As before AMD is not targeting the performance market and Trinity is not meant to compete direclty with Ivy Bridge for the most part. On the mobile market, Trinity should present an interesting alternative for ultrabook-style laptops where a balance of features, low power consumption, and integrated graphics are the norm.

Trinity features an AMD Piledriver CPU core that uses 3rd gen Turbo Core technology that shifts power between the CPU and GPU as needed. The technology can effectively ramp up the CPU core clock to 3.2GHz. Other key features include a dual channel DDR3 memory controller, an AMD HD Media Accelerator, a unified northbridge and up to four Piledriver CPU cores with 2MB L2 cache.

Radeon HD 7000 graphics are said to provide up to 56 percent better performance that the previous generation. Notebooks featuring Trinity APUs will boast battery life up to 12 hours through CPU and GPU power enhancements.

“Our 2nd Generation AMD A-Series APU is a major step forward in every performance and power dimension, allowing users to enjoy a stunning experience without having to give up the things that matter to them most. This experience doesn‘t stop at mainstream notebooks. It carries over into affordable ultrathin form factors featuring the latest in AMD Radeon graphics,” said Chris Cloran, corporate vice president and general manager of AMD’s client business unit.

AMD has released three different APU models for mainstream notebooks: A10-4600M, A8-4500M and A6-4400M, all featuring a 35W TDP with varying CPU core counts and clock speeds. Ultrathins will see the quad-core A10-4655M clocked at 2.0GHz and carrying a 25W TDP while the dual-core A6-4455M will include a 17W TDP at 2.1GHz. AMD notes that desktop systems and component channel parts will be available later this year.




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Jibberish18 said:

Yes excellent. NOW...if we can start getting manufacturers to give laptops with AMD equipment decent sized batteries and small chassis's. That would be great. Heres to a 13" thin'ish lap with an AMD Trinity APU, great battery life and at least a 1600x900 resolution...I'm dreaming I swear <---

Wagan8r Wagan8r said:

The only thing that could kill this for AMD is for manufacturers to not support 1600x900 resolutions. 1920x1080 is ideal, but I'm not waiting for a miracle.

Guest said:

I wanna see reviews of Trinity!

mevans336 mevans336 said:

I wanna see reviews of Trinity!

Here are some benchmarks from Anand for you: [link]

ikesmasher said:

The only thing that could kill this for AMD is for manufacturers to not support 1600x900 resolutions. 1920x1080 is ideal, but I'm not waiting for a miracle.

Forgive me, im not exactly familiar with all of that, but im running 1080p on my Liano (last gen APU) right now? am I missing something? (not very savvy to all that..)

mevans336 mevans336 said:

Forgive me, im not exactly familiar with all of that, but im running 1080p on my Liano (last gen APU) right now? am I missing something? (not very savvy to all that..)

I think they mean a laptop with a 1080p screen. Most ultrabook-style laptops are still being shipped with 12xx and 13xx resolution screens.

mevans336 mevans336 said:

Here's where Trinity becomes interesting to me, accelerated video transcoding. Anand got his hands on an experimental build of OpenCL accelerated Handbrake and the results are pretty shocking: [link]

Ivy Bridge goes from a 73% performance delta to a 7% delta (19fps vs 15fps).

ikesmasher said:

Forgive me, im not exactly familiar with all of that, but im running 1080p on my Liano (last gen APU) right now? am I missing something? (not very savvy to all that..)

I think they mean a laptop with a 1080p screen. Most ultrabook-style laptops are still being shipped with 12xx and 13xx resolution screens.

oh ok.. I was about to say.

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