AMD is planning to augment its "Trinity" lineup of accelerated processing units (APUs) -- with a set of processors aimed at business and enterprise users.
According to CPU World, more APUs have had their details leaked in a now-removed Lenovo document.
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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.
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.