In 2012, AMD will continue to increase its portfolio of accelerated processing units (APUs) based on the company's Fusion design with a series of new chips, including a new processor series that will go by the name of A10.
The existence of this new APU range was uncovered by SemiAccurate who entered into the possession of an image showcasing AMD’s 2012 Vision processor lineup.
Besides the FX-Series and all the other familiar sights, the most interesting appearance is the A10 APU range, which according to the source of this information most probably will be the designation used by AMD for a series of chips based on the Trinity design.
As many of you know, Trinity is built around AMD's second generation of the Bulldozer core which is said to offer a 20% increase in performance over the current Llano architecture, while also bringing a series of new features into view.
These include support for the AVX and AES-NI instruction sets as well as the third version of AMD's Turbo Core technology that automatically adjusts the core speed depending on the number of threads run by the processor.
In addition to the switch to Piledriver, AMD also operated a few changes to the integrated memory controller that was now updated to feature support for DDR3-2133 memory and energy-efficient DIMMs that work with 1.25V.
The graphics core was also the subject of a thorough redesign in order to switch to the VLIW4 architecture, which a series of AMD documents leaked at the end of October stated that it will deliver a 30% performance increase over Llano.
Other features introduced by AMD in the Trinity GPU include a new Video Compression Engine and support for AMD's EyeFinity technology.
The first Trinity APUs (or A10 if you wish) are expected to arrive in late Q1 or early Q2 2012, as the chips will enter mass production in January of next year.