Trinity APU processors are important now that Intel has managed to come up with an iGPU of its own.
Looking at the slides, the changes seem to include lower TDPs with improved performance. Notebook processors need 17W, 25W and 35W TDP to run. Desktop wise, Trinity still maintains the 65W and 100W mark. The next generation of APUs come with two Piledriver modules built on top of the Bulldozer architecture.
AMD has added new instructions and refined its architecture but units that perform integers as well as floating point calculations have been left the same.
The scheduler, dividers and cache optimised to the nines which means that there should be better performance at the same clock speeds as the FX series.
AMD estimated a performance increase of 26 percent in desktops and 29 percent in notebooks between Llano and the A series. Clock speeds will be between 2 to 2.8 GHz.
This means that AMD will be putting its 17W variants put up against Intel’s Ultrabook chips that are clocked at a minimum of 2 GHz.
The slides show that the new iGPUs are built on the HD 6900 series GPU architecture. There are six VLIW4 clusters which adds up to 384 Radeon cores. Tessellation along with their UVD engine has improved video playback means lower power consumption.
There is EyeFinity support for up to three monitors although you won’t be able to game on all three screens.
The graphics core is clocked between 424 to 800 MHz depending on the model.
The top model for notebooks will be the A10-4600M which willl have a 496 MHz graphics core with a turbo of 685 MHz along with 384 Radeon cores.