"Our second-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," the company's vice-president Chris Cloran said in a
statement on Tuesday.
Combined, the CPU and GPU cores deliver more than 700 gigaflops of computing performance — several times more than the fastest x86 CPUs.– AMD
According to AMD, Trinity has up to 12 hours of battery life
and "double the performance per watt" of the first generation APU, which
was codenamed Llano. Llano offered 10.5 hours of battery life. CPU
performance is up 29 percent on Llano, due to the use of AMD's new Piledriver cores, which go up to 3.2GHz in clock speed.
Piledriver is the follow-on to AMD's Bulldozer
technology, and supposedly allows less power leakage than its
"Combined, the CPU and GPU cores deliver more than 700 gigaflops of
computing performance — several times more than the fastest x86
CPUs — to boost performance of hundreds of applications," the chipmaker said.
One of the main attractions of the APU concept is its powerful
integrated graphics. Intel's Ivy Bridge offers better integrated
graphics than the earlier Sandy Bridge platform and Trinity follows
suit, using Radeon HD 7000-series GPUs for a 56-percent graphics
performance boost over Llano.
Trinity supports the AMD HD Media Accelerator, a bundle of
technologies designed to improve media playback. The chipmaker is also providing Steady Video plug-ins for the major browsers — Chrome, Firefox
and Internet Explorer 9 — to make in-browser video playback less
Although Trinity and Ivy Bridge are going to be used in mainstream
notebooks as well, both platforms have been designed with the emerging
ultra-thin sector in mind. The dimensions of these devices, which
Intel calls ultrabooks, limit the size of their batteries, making
power efficiency crucial.
Trinity APUs will come in two ultrabook-oriented types —
dual-core 17W and quad-core 25W — and also in 35W dual- or
quad-core incarnations for mainstream laptops. The company said the
second-generation A-series APUs consume half as much power as their
However, Trinity is built using the 32nm manufacturing process. Ivy
Bridge is a 22nm platform, which should theoretically give Intel the
edge on power efficiency.
As with Llano, AMD's new APUs will debut in HP laptops. In Trinity's case, they will underpin HP's new Sleekbook
line, which comes out in June. AMD said it is also shipping to
Acer, Asus, Lenovo, Samsung, Sony and Toshiba.
The ultra-thin notebook push is key for Microsoft, which is hoping
the new class will boost sales of its upcoming Windows 8. Indeed, one
of Trinity's features is hardware acceleration for the Windows 8 Metro
user interface and Metro-style apps.
"We are excited for the introduction of the second-generation AMD
A-Series APU and are confident it will continue the great work
Microsoft and AMD have done together on the A-Series APU," Microsoft's
Windows business planning chief, Aidan Marcuss, said in AMD's
statement. "We look forward to seeing the A-Series APU in action with
Windows 8 to deliver a great user experience across a variety of
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