AMD Shows Off Trinity APU Die And Trinity Powered Notebook

Subject: Cases and Cooling, Processors | January 10, 2012 - 08:13 PM |
Tagged: VLIW-4, trinity, piledriver, CES, APU, amd

Today at CES, the Consumer Electronics Show, we got to see a demonstration by AMD of an AMD powered computer running dual monitors. Only, it was not just a dual monitor pushing desktop computer. In a surprise twist, AMD took the side panel off of the desktop computer to reveal that it was actually a laptop computer using their next generation AMD Trinity APU that was driving the game on one display, and the windows desktop on the other display. Even more, on the laptop screen itself, it was playing a 720p video.

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Here you can see the two displays that the Trinity powered laptop was driving with Dirt 3 on the left monitor and the Windows desktop on the right one where a video conversion was happening in the background. AMD did not get into any details regarding the transcode, however.

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This is the "desktop" computer case that they opened up to reveal that it was, in fact, a Trinity laptop that was driving all the displays.

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A die shot of the upcoming Trinity APU (Accelerated Processing Unit) sitting next to a USB flash drive. Specifications of the Trinity APUs have not yet been released by AMD; however, if this leak holds true the Trinity APUs will have either two or four Piledriver CPU cores and TDP (thermal design power) of 65 W, 100 W, and 125 Watts (depending on particular chip). Clock speeds will further vary between 2.2 and 3.8 GHz at stock speeds (will run a bit faster with Turbo Core 3.0). The GPU aspect will be clocked between 563 MHz and 711 MHz and is based on the VLIW4 technology of the Cayman graphics Cards (69xx). They estimate that it will deliver up to 30% more performance versus current Llano chips and will support all the fancy new X86 instruction sets like AVX and AES-NI. A nice boost and hopefully the real specifications will come close to this (or be even better, of course).

Update: Another interesting bit of information is that AMD will have a low power Trinity APU with a TDP of 17 watts and will supposedly deliver the same level of performance as the current Llano chips (that draw twice the power).

Update:  AMD has stated Trinity will deliver a 25% increase in CPU performance and a 50% increase in GPU performance versus current Llano APUs.  Stay tuned to PC Perspective for more Trinity info as it develops.

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January 10, 2012 | 11:31 PM - Posted by mAxius

thanks guys thats the shiny i was looking for hopefully you can squeeze more platform info from them and have you seen any fm2 boards?

January 11, 2012 | 03:56 AM - Posted by lima (not verified)

Please bring as much details as you can about Trinity. This is very exciting CPU, especially for mobiles. :)

January 12, 2012 | 09:03 AM - Posted by sheryl (not verified)

you got it wrong,

~20% x86 performance in media workloads;
~30% GPU performance;

January 13, 2012 | 07:39 PM - Posted by mAxius

i think the numbers have changed since trinity was expected to be launched at ces but they pushed it back to improve the chip and to make it more competitive with ivy bridge.

January 15, 2012 | 05:30 AM - Posted by dan (not verified)

25% + CPU power
50% + igp power


I'll take an A10 trinity add 2133mhz RAM add HD7770 gpu

February 7, 2012 | 12:32 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

A10 3.8 Plus igp improved can't see AMD not taking 30-40% mobile market away from Intel as well.

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