Posted by : akshay sugathan Saturday, May 19, 2012

AMD launched their second generation Accelerated Processing Units (APUs) for mainstream,ultra thin netbooks and traditional computers. Codenamed "TRINITY", the new APUs are a ground up-up improvement over first generation components with double the performance per watt of Liano parts.

As usual AMD is not targeting the performance market and Trinity is not meant to compete directly with Ivvy Bridge for the most parts, rather it should present an interesting alternative for the ultrabook-style laptops where a balance of features, low power consumption, and integrated graphics are the standards.

Trinity packs an AMD Piledriver CPU core that uses a 3rd generation Turbo Core technology that shifts power between the COU and GPU as needed. This technology can effectively ramp up the CPU core clock to 3.2Ghz. Other vital features include a dual channel DDR3 memory channel controller, an AMD HD Media Accelerator, a unified northbridge and up to four Piledriver CPU cores with 2MB L2 cache.

Radeon HD 7000 graphics are said to provide a whooping boost up to 56 percent better performance than the previous generation. Notebooks featuring Trinity APUs will boast battery life up to 12 hrs through CPU and GPU power enhancement.

The 2nd generation AMD A-Series APU is a major step forward in every performance and the power dimension, this allows users to enjoy a stunning experience without having to give up the things that matter to them the most. This doesn't stop at mainstream notebooks. It carries over into affordable ultrathin form factors featuring the latest in AMD Radeon graphics.

AMD has released three different flavors for mainstream notebooks: A10-4600m, A8-4500M and A6-440M, all featuring a 35W TDP with varying CPU core counts and clock speeds. The ultrathins ones will see the quad-core A10-4655M clocked at 2.0Ghz and carrying a 25W TDP while the dual-core A6-445M will include a 17W TDP at 2.1Ghz. AMD notes that desktop systems and components channel parts will be available later this year.  

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