AMD Announces the Trinity 2nd gen APU for Ultra-thin Laptop: Competition for Intels Ultrabooks

amd-trinityvsllano AMD has just announced the Trinity APU line which is 2nd-Generation AMD A-Series Accelerated Processing UnitsWU (APUs) for mainstream and ultrathin notebooks, All-in-One and traditional desktops, home theater PCs and embedded designs. The 2nd-Generation A-Series APU, codenamed “Trinity”, is a grounds-up improved design over the previous generation, enabling a best-in-class PC mobility, entertainment, and gaming experience. New features of the product design include:

Trinity is being aimed at ultrathin notebooks (not to be confused with Intel Ultrabooks), . AMD will be launching five APUs today. The A10-4600M, A8-4500M, and A6-4400M are aimed at larger, mainstream notebooks, while the A10-4655M and A6-4455M are destined for sleeker ultrathin models.

An increase in CPU performance of up to 29 percent3 with higher processor speeds thanks to the next-generation AMD “Piledriver” CPU core with 3rd generation AMD Turbo Core technology, where power is dynamically shifted between the CPU and GPU depending on application needs, effectively providing a more responsive experience that can boost CPU frequencies to up to 3.2 GHz;

AMD Radeon™ HD 7000 Series graphics for an increase of graphics performance up to 56% over the previous generation4.Combined, the CPU and GPU cores deliver more than 700 gigaflops of computing performance5 – several times more than the fastest x86 CPUs – to boost the compute capabilities of hundreds of applications. Up to 12 hours of battery life through CPU and GPU power enhancements, with clear battery life leadership in notebook form factors9 that we have to see for ourselves

AMD’s first round of Trinity APUs is available starting today, from manufacturers like Asus, HP, Lenovo, Samsung, Toshiba and Acer — with desktop systems and components rolling out next quarter.

AMD HD Media Accelerator suite Features

  • AMD Perfect Picture HD: The first step in that transparent user experience is automatic video processing, which will make fine adjustments to image quality on the fly. We were told that this will ultimately come at a cost to potential battery life, albeit a meager one.
  • AMD Quickstream: Most of us spend a fair bit of time watching videos on the web, and have run into the dreaded buffering bar. Quickstream aims to handle bandwidth intelligently: when the PC detects that an application or website is hitting the GPU, Quickstream will assign it a higher priority, theoretically ensuring a smoother experience.
  • AMD Video Converter: Dedicated hardware-based encoding lets Trinity transcode media files faster and more efficiently. The technology also enables full-HD, multi-person video conferencing; AMD is working with companies like Polycom to develop software.
  • AMD Steady Video: We’ve seen Steady Video before; it was introduced with Llano, and its purpose is to, stabilize shaky recorded video. It’s currently supported by Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Windows Media Player — Trinity adds support for VLC, in an upcoming software update.
  • AMD Eyefinity: Eyefinity isn’t new, but Trinity will be able to support the multi-display technology without needing a discrete GPU: that means ultrathin laptops that can potentially output to three displays — not including their native monitor.