AMD has confirmed that the 2nd generation A-Series APUs codenamed “Trinity” and the low power C-Series & E-Series APUs codenamed “Brazos 2.0″ have begun shipping last quarter and will be soon be globally available.
The Trinity APUs will have TDPs between 17W and 35W and feature two or four “Piledriver” cores, which are 2nd generation FX Series processors, as well as an 2nd generation AMD Radeon HD 7000-series graphics core with DirectX 11 support, and other improvements to enable lower power consumption. The A-Series chips will target mainstream laptops and desktops. AMD is looking to take the fight to Intel with Trinity APUs which are believed to have clock speeds up to 4.0 GHz, set to deliver a 25% performance improvement and 50% graphics improvement over the current A-series APUs, while doubling the performance-per-watt. However undercutting Intel on price will be part of AMD’s strategy.
“Great news AMD fans, our second-generation AMD A-Series APU (codenamed: “Trinity”) began shipping last quarter – putting the best video and gaming experiences and superior battery life one step closer to your fingertips!
Not to be outdone, our new essential notebook platform codenamed “Brazos 2.0” also began shipping to OEMs last quarter! It builds on the success of our highly successful 2011 Low Power Platform, bringing many new features, excellent performance and extended battery life to entry-level products.” – AMD’s Senior PR Manager Phil Hughes wrote on AMD’s official blog
The C-Series and E-Series Brazos 2.0 APUs are designed for for low-cost, low-power netbooks, notebooks and nettops with TDPs ranging between 9W and 18W. The Brazos 2.0 APUs will have, two 40nm Bobcat CPU cores, a Radeon HD 7000-series GPU, and a single-channel DDR3 memory controller, as well as native USB 3.0 and SATA III support.
Source – AMD