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AMD launches Trinity chipset

AMD has launched a new chipset family entitled Trinity to rival Intel's Ivy Bridge.

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) has launched the second generation A-Series APU entitled Trinity to completely overhaul its predecessor and provide the best performance in mobility, entertainment and gaming.

Trinity boasts double the performance per watt than the previous Llano chips and will hope to rival Intel's latest Ivy Bridge release.

It has the capacity for up to four central processing units (CPUs) and one graphics processing unit (GPU), which equals Intel's offering.

AMD is, however, targeting gamers who it believes will get a greater performance out of Trinity. Yet, it is also hoping to appeal to mainstream laptop users who are looking for excellent high definition graphics.

It will go on sale from June as a part of Hewlett Packard's upcoming Sleekbook.

Trinity offers up to 12 hours of battery life, according to AMD, due to its low power requirements. This should make it a market leader and help to appeal to those using thin laptops and all-in-one-desktops that are growing in popularity.

It can run off as little as 17 watts, which is around half of what was possible with Llano.

The Piledriver CPU core, featuring third generation AMD Turbo Core technology, allows for the power supply to be dynamically shifted from the CPU to the GPU, depending on which component needs it.

This improves CPU performance by as much as 29 per cent and boost CPU frequencies up to 3.2 GHz.

Piledriver also boasts resonant clock mesh technology that allows the CPU to recycle some of the energy it consumes.

Furthermore, its AMD Radeon HD 7000 GPU performs some of the processing functions, allowing for more power to be saved while still delivering 56 per cent improvement on graphical performance compared to the previous generation.

"The latest OEM notebooks, ultra thins, all-in-ones and desktops based on the new AMD A-Series APU enable the best video and gaming experiences, highly responsive performance with AMD Turbo CORE, and accelerate an ever-increasing range of productivity and multimedia applications -- in sleek, stylish designs at price points that make sense," said Chris Cloran, corporate vice president and general manager at AMD Client Business Unit.ADNFCR-1220-ID-801363417-ADNFCR