Business-class AMD 'Trinity' APUs in the pipeline?

Business-class AMD 'Trinity' APUs in the pipeline?

Summary: Business-class "Trinity" APUs would offer a 24-month planned lifecycle from launch, feature support for technologies such as AMD-V virtualization, and have better energy-efficiencies than consumer hardware.

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AMD is planning to augment its "Trinity" lineup of accelerated processing units (APUs) -- with a set of processors aimed at business and enterprise users.

One of the processors was outed back in June. This was the A10-5800B, a quad-core part that can run at 3.8GHz, has 4MB of L2 cache and has a thermal design power (TDP) of 100W.

According to CPU World, more APUs have had their details leaked in a now-removed Lenovo document.

APU Cores Freq (GHz) L2 cache (MB) TDP (W)
A4-5300B 2 3.4 1 65
A6-5400B 2 3.6 1 65
A8-5500B 4 3.2 4 65
A10-5800B 4 3.8 4 100

All these processors will have the Socket FM2 form factor.

AMD has traditionally offered "business-class" versions of its processors. Usually, this means that they will have a 24-month planned lifecycle from launch and feature technologies such as AMD-V virtualization support and have better energy-efficiencies than consumer hardware, while reducing power consumption and system noise, and at the same time increasing PC life.

The word is that hardware powered by these processors will be available as soon as October.

In May, AMD launched its second-generation mobile processors. This was followed by the report that desktop versions were also in the pipeline.

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 graphics core which offers DirectX 11 graphics support and an improved video playback engine.

AMD has been pushing "Trinity" APUs with some vigor since their release in the hopes that they will put pressure on Intel's Ivy Bridge processors. AMD's ace up its sleeve with Trinity is the graphics processor.

While Intel has the CPU market tightly stitched up, it's not a big name when it comes to GPU technology. AMD, on the other hand, has the Radeon line of GPUs that PC builders are familiar with and trust. If it can leverage its GPU relationship with the OEMs to push its APUs, then it is in a position where it could really apply pressure on Intel.

Topics: Processors, Hardware, Tech Industry

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  • Intel Has Exclusionary Bribes Up Its Sleeves

    The new Ultrabook Fund (which pays OEMs "marketing fees" for not using AMD processors) looks like a rehash of the monopolistic program that got Intel in trouble a couple years ago.

    Since practically all laptops are now Ultrabooks, doesn't that mean that every manufacturer who makes laptops gets paid huge marketing dollars on condition they don't put AMD inside?

    Intel is still a tricky monopolist inside.
    RichardEich