Advanced Micro Devices is competing with Intel head-on with the release of its new accelerated processing units, called Trinity. While Intel Ivy Bridge processors
use 22- nanometer technology, AMD Trinity APUs use 32-nanometer technology. AMD claims its new APUs are 28 percent powerful than their Llano predecessors and provide graphics performance that's up to 56 percent faster. John Taylor, AMD's global product marketing director, hopes Trinity won't have the supply problems Llano had when they were released.
One of the only disappointments with Llano was that we didn't have the supply that was wanted as we brought it to market and we might have missed out on some opportunities as a result. With Trinity we've already shipped millions to OEMs who are already lining up to bring those products to market, and supply will not be an issue.
The name Trinity references their three targeted product types: desktops, notebooks and ultra-thin notebooks. Even if Trinity doesn't compare with Ivy Bridge, it seems that AMD's integrated GPU is 50 percent faster than Intel's HD Graphics 4000. Compared with the Intel Core i5-2520M GPU, Trinity offers stronger graphic performance though it's behind Intel in processing power. For notebooks and desktops, AMD's "weakest" model will be the A10-4600M quad-core processor (2.3 GHz), which runs at 35/65 watt and can reach 3.2GHz during demanding tasks. Over the next two months, Trinity will hit the market inside Asus, Lenovo, Samsung, Toshiba and Acer desktops, notebooks and ultra-thin notebooks.