At its usual Computex conference, AMD focussed entirely on Fusion products, current and to come, starting by congratulating itself on the immediate success of its Brazos platform and the very numerous products now available. No word on Zambezi however, except to present an arrival for the end of the summer, with no other comment.
AMD has however reviewed its Fusion roadmap, which should get a 2012 refresh of the three variants currently avaiable or on their way (Llano). While at first not part of AMD’s strategy, the Desna variant of Ontario allows it to get to grips with tablets, without however aiming at huge numbers given the relatively high thermal envelope (5-6 Watts). Next year, the tablet variant of Krishna, Hondo, will be launched more seriously on the market. While AMD is not advancing any specs just yet, the APU designer told us during an interview that 3 Watts is a value that would facilitate the design of tablets without active cooling and this is probably therefore the TDP they’re aiming at for Hondo.
Without giving additional details on Trinity, the successor to Llano based on Bulldozer cores, AMD wanted to reassure us as to the progress of its development by presenting a sample announced as already functional! AMD therefore counts on holding to the rhythm of an annual refresh of its APUs.
Rick Bergmann, SVP and General Manager of the AMD Products Group, presents an example of Trinity.
To finish its conference, AMD unveiled the new VISION branding which will accompany the launch of Llano and will refer directly to the E2, A4, A6 and A8 series. A second logo will indicate the presence of a dual or quad core APU and the presence or otherwise of a dual graphics system (APU + entry level graphics cards in CrossFire).