N/APosted on - 04/21/2012
AMD confirmed that its next-generation accelerated processing units (APUs) under the A-Series Trinity and E/C-Series Brazos 2.0 models, have started shipping to device manufacturers and must start showing up this quarter.
Will this be a potential rival to Intel Ivy Bridge?
AMD confirms Trinity and Brazos 2.0 will be available soon
AMD reported today that it's new C and E series processors (codenamed Brazos 2.0) and its second -generation AMD A-series APU (codenamed Trinity) began its shipping. The new chips are packed with graphics core that blends element of the Radeon 6000 and 7000 series, for much improved DirectX 11 performance, while continuing it's trend of a combination of a CPU and discrete-level graphics on a single chip while keeping the power consumption low for optimum battery life.
It will also have a thermal design power (TDP) between 17W and 35W in dual and quad core variants. Brazos 2.0 packs on even more powerful enhanced Bobcat cores, while the Trinity chips packs Piledriver cores which is an improved version of the Bulldozer core which replaced the Llano chips.
AMD delivers a low-to-mid end chip (Brazos 2.0) and a solid mid-range chip (Trinity). Prices on Trinity packing ultrathins are expected to be under $500 USD, versus the $800 to $1,000 USD most Ivy Bridge will cost. So if you're the techy type, you can go for the least E-series, if you want a better price and longer battery, the C-series should suffice as an alternative to Intel's Atom processors specifically for netbooks.