AMD preparing launch of A-Series Fusion "Trinity" desktop APUs: report

AMD preparing launch of A-Series Fusion "Trinity" desktop APUs: report

Summary: According to rumors, AMD is getting ready to unveil A-Series Fusion "Trinity" accelerated processing units (APUs) for desktop systems to compete with Intel's Ivy Bridge silicon.


Rumors are circulating that AMD is preparing to launch A-Series Fusion "Trinity" accelerated processing units (APUs) for desktop systems.

Japanese tech site Hermitage Akihabara, chips have already made their way to partners and systems featuring this silicon should be available from October 1, just in time for the holiday season.

These processors follow-on from the A-Series Fusion mobile parts unveiled back in May and will require motherboards with the new Socket FM2 and will make use of AMD's new A85X chipset. These APUs, like their mobile predecessors, combine a CPU and GPU onto a single die and AMD hopes that they will put pressure on Intel's Ivy Bridge processors.

Details are offers up for five A-series 5000-series desktop APUs. These processors will be manufactured using AMD/GlobalFoundries 32-nanometer technology.

Processor Cores Speed (GHz) TDP (W) Graphics
A6-5400 2 3.6/3.8 turbo 65 HD 7540D
A8-5500 4 3.2/3.7 turbo 65 HD 7560D
A8-5600 4 3.6/3.9 turbo 100 HD 7560D
A10-5700 4 3.4/4.0 turbo 65 HD 7660D
A10-5800 4 3.8/4.2 turbo 100 HD 7660D

Systems built around APUs with a lower TDP will benefit from requiring less cooling, not only making them cheaper to build but also quieter to run.

All of the APUs feature an AMD Radeon HD 7000-series graphics core which offers DirectX 11 graphics support and an improved video playback engine.

On paper, these APUs seem to have an advantage over Intel's Ivy Bridge parts in that the HD 7000 series GPU is superior to the GPU found in equivalent Ivy Bridge processors. We will however have to wait for independent benchmark testing of hardware to confirm these observations.

Image source: Hermitage Akihabara.

Topics: Processors, Hardware, Tech Industry

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  • Already own one of these new chips

    I bought an HP Pavillion p7-1235 a couple of weeks ago from It has the A8-5500 processor in an FM2 socket. So far, I'm really lovin' it. Later this week I'll be adding a SATA III 256 GB SSD too. Only thing left after that will be locating a decent AMD graphic card to Crossfire with the on-board HD 7560D processor.
  • Not an AMD fan, but this idea is great.

    On-die GPU is a great idea that is long overdue. If Intel were smart, they would have grabbed NVIDIA early and pursued an on-die solution. Intel just doesn't know how to do a GPU that performs.
    • Not the same market.

      Intel's GPUs are primarily intended for the needs of the corporate market, a very lucrative area where AMD is completely shut out. It isn't a question of whether Intel has or can acquire the know-how so much as have any motivation to make such items. The PC gaming market is microscopic compared to the business desktop and laptop market. The big improvements in recent Intel IGP generations has been in response to the desire of the corporate buyers than anything else.
      • The corporate market is the problem

        With intel shutting AMD out through various use of exclusive contracts and good old propaganda, they have been able to flourish despite their integrateg graphics being HORRIBLE.
        We purchase Dells and every one has a PCI express video card because the integrated graphics are so terrible its not even usable for 2D desktop work like Microsoft Office.

        AMD's offering here would reduce the cost of corporate PC's considerably but as long as the big makers like Dell relegate AMD to "Value PC" status even though it isn't, well the buyer will automatically assume "value" means low performance.
        • its the same thing here

          All the machines minus a few "value PCs" are all Intel based, and they all have PCI graphics cards (AMD) because the Intel integrated sucks and cant even do dual monitors or run Aero effects. But Intel pays PC vendors good money to label AMD in such a way that it is unattractive to business users. My office here has been exposed to the power of AMD with the desktop that I built and brought in for my desk. With Quad monitor support using just integrated and a cheap graphics card (not eyefinity) and extreme speed that everyone wants a box like mine now.
        • My company

          Specifically prohibit purchasing AMD based PC's, which baffles me since they are usually cheaper, or at least better performance per pound and I have never had anything short of a good experience with them since the AMD K5. I honestly believe the 'compatibility' concern is a complete myth.

          Having said that, with the Core2 Intel did unfortunately solidify their reputation and leave AMD gasping in their performance wake trail.
  • a83500

    That A8-8500 looks good you looked at the pass mark score ? Pretty good.
    I have an AMD K10 4 core and a Sandy Bridge 4 core with H/T both work well .
    The Intel can however spank AMD in proc. intensive stuff. For everyday use the AMD is great
    in fact it is my daily driver. The Intel is for production/editing, Core efficiancy / xtra muscle does well there. That's why they say "Nobody ever got fired for buying Intel".

    You just don't want to go up against an Intel i5 or more w/discreet graphics for hard core gaming with any AMD. That being said AMD's are fine and can be decent gamers/office boxes for most people. Avg person ( hard core gamers and photo/video editing excepted) won't be able to tell much if any difference .
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    • correction

      Meant to say A8 5500 .

      The Sandybridge /Ivy brdige pats run Aero ,Hd Video and desktop apps just fine.
      Any serious gaming and you will need discrete graphics but that's true for the A8 as well.

      Just curious Intel hasn't supported PCI only PCIE for a good while how old are those Intels at work?
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