Wednesday, January 11th 2012

AMD Demonstrates Trinity APU, Its Own Thunderbolt-Alternative

AMD's next-generation accelerated processing unit (APU), codenamed "Trinity", was demonstrated at CES. Trinity will make up AMD's 2012 A-Series APU lineup, and will be designed for mainstream-thru-performance notebooks, and mainstream desktops (different standards for different form-factors). Pictured below is what its notebook-specific BGA package looks like. The package has an exposed rectangular die, with a stabilizer frame around it (like with GPUs). Notebooks' cooling assembly heat pipes make direct contact with the die. Trinity packs two Piledriver modules (an evolution of Bulldozer), and DirectX 11.1 AMD Radeon HD 7000M graphics (notebook APU) or HD 7000D (desktop APU).

Shown to the CES crowd was a mind-boggling demo. The public were first shown what appeared to be an ATX desktop connected to two monitors, one monitor running a DIRT 3 DirectX 11 game demo at high-quality settings, and another screeen revealing the APU to be running GPU-accelerated video transcoding. No discrete graphics was used, it's just the embedded HD 7000 at play/work. If that alone didn't raise a few eyebrows, the AMD representative removed the lid of the ATX desktop case to which those two monitors were connected, to reveal a 14-inch laptop inside doing all the work. And there's more - the laptop's main screen wasn't idle, it was running a high-definition video playback. Whatever synthetic benchmarks end up telling about Trinity, its real world performance does impress!

You have got to watch the video after the break!



At a discrete meeting with select journalists at a backroom, AMD also talked about its competitive technology to Intel's Thunderbolt, which it's referring to as "Lightning Bolt" (+1 for originality). This interface will use the same mini-DP port design as Thunderbolt. It will have the bandwidth to drive up to four HD displays, and multiple USB 3.0 devices, and will have a hub cost of under $40.Source: HotHardware
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77 Comments on AMD Demonstrates Trinity APU, Its Own Thunderbolt-Alternative

#1
Recus
by: MikeMurphy
I really hope the CPU portion isn't a turd...

Llano K10.6 is quite good. I would be surprised if AMD can beat it with the bulldozer arch.

Anyone know of the improvements to the GPU? 480sp instead of 400sp?
30 min to convert video. Turd. ;)
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#2
alwayssts
by: RejZoR
I'm just not sure what he meant with the first generation DX11 was hard, doing 2nd was harder. Why? It would make sense that doing a second gen is easier since you already knwo the problems and issues and you can solve them. Unless they had problems delivering a decent improvement but judging by HD7970, they did a pretty good job...
PR bot was reciting automated response from bullet point three of page 2 of the memo he was programmed with...it was the closest canned quote that fit what the jolly fellow from HH said.

That, or they were just giving nVIDIA shit.

Either one is fine.
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#3
alwayssts
by: MikeMurphy
IAnyone know of the improvements to the GPU? 480sp instead of 400sp?
384 it appears. It looks to be literally to cayman what llano was to cypress...with perhaps a few more bells and whistles.

To put it another way....instead of gpus being 1, 1/2 and 1/4 as they were for so long, they will likely be 1, 2/3, and 1/3. 1/4 (up to maximum potential of 8 rops) of the previous gen will now be integrated into the a-series. The old minimum design (up to maximum potential of 4 rops)...bobcat.

Hope that kinda makes sense.
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#4
joyman
It looks that this year, or perhaps the beginning of the next will be manufactured my dream netbook/ultrabook small, lightweight but powerful enough to use it for work, but when I want to play some games on medium details I still can use it. Really this AMD Fusion tech is going to be the next best thing since sliced bread. And when the CPU part can use the FP calculation power of the GPU it will shine really good :) Well It seems there will be more on that front.
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#5
DRDNA
Very nice! This is just wow and my next laptop for working will be with that processor
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#6
Liquid Cool
I've got the HP Pavilion dv6-6135dx running the a8-3500 with the 6750m. Couldn't be more pleased with this Llano notebook. Runs awesome. I think these little APU's are underrated or perhaps misunderstood. Basically a notebook computer that games pretty darn well for $500.

If this Trinity turns out to be a real jump from the Llano, I don't think a person could go wrong looking in this direction for their next ultra or notebook computer.


LC
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#7
mediasorcerer
good stuff amd, good one:toast:

ultrabook =exactly.
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#8
NC37
by: alwayssts
Sweet...it can play dirt at 1024x768!
Dirt 3...and even if it is that res, that is still running with high detail while the background tasks are going. I saw no chop in fps either. That is with 3 screens going too so you also have an even greater hit. I'd like to see Intel do the same. They might handle the multitasking ok, but when pushing pixels is added to the mix on their IGPs...I don't think so.
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#9
Damn_Smooth
by: NC37
Dirt 3...and even if it is that res, that is still running with high detail while the background tasks are going. I saw no chop in fps either. I'd like to see Intel do the same. They might handle the multitasking ok, but when pushing pixels is added to the mix on their IGPs...I don't think so.
I would like to see an AMD CPU that doesn't bottleneck a 7970. I have to give them props for taking the lead in the low end though. It would make a decent HTPC. A great laptop too.
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#10
wiak
this aint no Thunderbolt-Alternative
its just DisplayPort and mobile igp eyefinity at work!
Thunderbolt uses the displayport connector but different signaling, but you can use DP+Thunderbolt at the same time
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#11
jpierce55
Given a couple of years the APU will do anything all but a small handful of people will desire. I hope I can buy one of these sometime in the next year.
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#12
MikeMurphy
by: NC37
Dirt 3...and even if it is that res, that is still running with high detail while the background tasks are going. I saw no chop in fps either. That is with 3 screens going too so you also have an even greater hit. I'd like to see Intel do the same. They might handle the multitasking ok, but when pushing pixels is added to the mix on their IGPs...I don't think so.
Intel HD3000 would choke on this like a midget hooker.
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#13
xaira
now acer just put this in a ao722 and use the as5253 external texture instead of that fingerprint magnet from the original 722 series and you have my dream netbook
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#14
horik
is nice to see the steps that technology takes,would be nice to see that game devs use that technology and make some nice games
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#15
laszlo
this is what will keep amd in business ... fusion ... intel may have better cpu's but they are far away in gpu field
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#16
jpierce55
by: RejZoR
I'm just not sure what he meant with the first generation DX11 was hard, doing 2nd was harder. Why? It would make sense that doing a second gen is easier since you already knwo the problems and issues and you can solve them. Unless they had problems delivering a decent improvement but judging by HD7970, they did a pretty good job...
Yes, but they are going to Directx 11.1, not just Directx 11.
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#17
TheLaughingMan
by: Damn_Smooth
I would like to see an AMD CPU that doesn't bottleneck a 7970. I have to give them props for taking the lead in the low end though. It would make a decent HTPC. A great laptop too.
Your in luck then. We have several of those: http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/AMD/HD_7970_CPU_Scaling/5.html

It is only when you are using multiple GPUs or old game engines that consistently show BD falling behind.
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#18
faramir
by: DannibusX
Impressive.
Quoted for truthery :) I hope desktop APUs of this generation can finally bring playable framerates with most games at lwoer resolutions (1366x768 and the like).
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#20
temp02
I'm throwing money at the screen but nothing is happening D:
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#21
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
by: joyman
It looks that this year, or perhaps the beginning of the next will be manufactured my dream netbook/ultrabook small, lightweight but powerful enough to use it for work, but when I want to play some games on medium details I still can use it. Really this AMD Fusion tech is going to be the next best thing since sliced bread. And when the CPU part can use the FP calculation power of the GPU it will shine really good :) Well It seems there will be more on that front.
I want this, but it should also be a convertible tablet with a rotational screen and multitouch. :D
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#22
OneCool
by: temp02
I'm throwing money at the screen but nothing is happening D:
Exactly :laugh: :roll:


Gen 3 of this APU of AMDs is going to blow our fucking mind :rockout:
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#23
de.das.dude
Pro Indian Modder
now if only those intel fanbois had brains they would realise this thing is awesome.
almost everyone i knw wants an AMD APU laptop now.
only ones that dont want either dont knw about amd or their IQ is less than a dolphin's.


playing dirt3, encoding video and playing HD movie all at the same time. fucking brilliant.
and this wont "hang" like those intel mobile gpus i came across. seriously whats with this hanging issue of intel?
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#24
joyman
by: Frick
I want this, but it should also be a convertible tablet with a rotational screen and multitouch. :D
Exactly ;) I am waiting something between Acer Iconia Tab W500 and Asus Eee Pad Transformer but perhaps 12-13 inches so I can see what code I am typing :laugh: And of course under 1kg slim design but durable :rolleyes: Eh dreams...:o
@de.das.dude well if I remember correctly dolphins are intelligent mammals, perhaps slightly inferior to orcas and on par with primates. So I am guessing that they would also choose AMD's APUs :D
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#25
theoneandonlymrk
I take it from this that the new Xbox APU is coming along well too;) 4cores and dual gfx engines of that variety is what im imaginereing, not cos im a console fan mind but with a view to a dx9 less future, joy:twitch: and how the hell Is intel manageing to sell so many lapy chipsets these days , they are functionally shit in comparison(daily use)
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