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AMD announces next generation 'Trinity' processors

Second generation of A-Series APUs unveiled

Comal is the mobile platform codename for the Piledriver based APU line.
Comal is the mobile platform codename for the Piledriver based APU line.
The first notebooks to use the new Trinity APUs is set to be HP's Envy Sleekbook, set for US release in June.
The first notebooks to use the new Trinity APUs is set to be HP's Envy Sleekbook, set for US release in June.

AMD has announced its second generation of A-Series Accelerated Processor Units (APU), codenamed ‘Trinity'.

The company has announced APUs for mainstream and ultrathin notebooks, all-in-one and traditional desktops, home theatre PCs and embedded devices, with up to four CPU cores and a single graphics processing unit (GPU) on each unit.

AMD says the new processors will deliver a wide range of benefits, including improved power performance, better battery life, and superior gaming experience.

The Trinity GPUs are expected to used first in upcoming HP ‘Sleekbooks', a new ‘thin and light' category, due for launch in June.

The processors offer double the performance per watt of the previous generation of AMD processors. They also include AMD HD Media Accelerator technologies, to optimise video quality for video and Internet content; AMD Radeon HD 7000 Series grapics with up to 56% improvement in graphics processing; AMD Start Now to resume from sleep mode in as few as two seconds and boot to the desktop in as few as 10 seconds; and up to 12 hours of battery life.

The processors also have a next-generation AMD Piledriver CPU core, and third-generation Turbo Core Technology, to boost CPU frequencies up to 3.2GHz and deliver up to 29% increase in CPU performance.

The combined CPU and GPU cores can deliver more than 700 gigaflops of processing power.

"The latest OEM notebooks, ultrathins, All-in-Ones and desktops based on the new AMD A-Series APU enable the best video and gaming experiences, highly responsive performance with AMD Turbo CORE, and accelerate an ever-increasing range of productivity and multimedia applications -- in sleek, stylish designs at price points that make sense," said Chris Cloran, corporate vice president and general manager, AMD Client Business Unit.

"Our 2nd-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. This experience doesn't stop at mainstream notebooks. It carries over into affordable ultrathin form factors featuring the latest in AMD Radeon graphics," he added.