AMD to release Athlon II and Sempron "Trinity" CPUs

We previously reported that, in addition to dual- and quad-core Accelerating Processing Units (APUs) for socket FM2, AMD plans to introduce several quad-core Athlon II microprocessors. Like A-Series chips, Athlon IIs will be based on "Trinity" core, support the same CPU features, while lacking on-chip graphics unit. It seems that AMD may also release dual-core Athlon II and Sempron "Trinity" processors. Details of these CPUs were posted in "Family 15h Models 10h-1Fh AMD Sempron Processor Product Data Sheet" (link to PDF file) and "Family 15h Models 10h-1Fh AMD Athlon Processor Product Data Sheet" (link to PDF file).

The linked datasheets provide a wealth of information on integrated components and features of "Trinity" processors. Athlon IIs utilize 1 or 2 Piledriver modules, i.e. 2 or 4 CPU cores. Dual-core Athlons incorporate 1MB L2 per module, and quad-cores have 2 MB L2 per module, or 4 MB L2 per package. The CPUs support all x86 extensions, including AES and AVX. Other noteworthy features on Athlon II microprocessors are Turbo Core 3.0 technology, and AMD-V virtualization with nested paging. Components, integrated on the chip, include PCI-E 2.0, and dual-channel memory controller, that works with memory up to DDR3-1866. The processors are produced in 904-pin PGA package, that fits socket FM2.

Sempron specifications are very similar to Athlon II with a few exceptions. The size of L2 cache on Semprons will be limited to 1 MB, and the fastest supported memory will be DDR3-1600. Also, the datasheet states that there will be 2- and 4-core Sempron options.

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