More details on Trinity core leaked
On October 25, we reported on several leaked AMD roadmap slides, that detailed Trinity and other upcoming mobile cores, as well as new AMD mobile Accelerated Processing Units (APUs), that are due for release later this quarter. On November 4, user "bigpao007" in the chiphell forums leaked a few more slides about the upcoming Virgo platform and Trinity core. Virgo is the platform that will support the new Trinity processors. According to AMD projections (based on a digital media workload), they should provide a 30% increase in performance over the Llano APUs.
Trinity APUs contain a Piledriver core, the 2nd generation Bulldozer core. There can be up to 4 cores (preliminary info say either 2 or 4 cores), and there are various GPU configurations available. The package uses the new FM2 (904 pin) socket, so is not compatible with the FM1 package used by Llano. The on-chip graphics supports Direct X 11, and, like the Piledriver core, promises to offer a 30% performance increase over Llano chips.
The Lynx chipset (for Llano) was configurable to run with a TDP of 65W or 100W. Virgo adds the option of a 125W TDP. Additionally, Turbo Core has been upgraded to version 3, which has been extended to work with the GPU, giving access to more power. In addition to this, Virgo has 3 dedicated display outputs, where Lynx only had 2. All of these features help to provide more computing power when combined with the Trinity APUs.
Partial information was also released about engineering sample part numbers. 15 models are described:
As some of the model specs are duplicated, it's not yet clear whether there are other differences between the models.
Related News (newer articles):
Feb 15, 2012: AMD Trinity Desktop APU Specs Revealed
Jan 14, 2012: AMD Trinity to be available mid-2012
Jan 11, 2012: Features of AMD Piledriver processors
Dec 02, 2011: AMD Trinity Production To Commence In March 2012
Nov 22, 2011: AMD Trinity Initial Performance Projections Revealed