Roadmap reveals Llano to be replaced with Trinity
Leaked AMD mobile platform roadmaps from German forum board 3D Center reveal that the Llano chip replacement, Trinity, is due to begin shipping in the winter of 2012, among other tidbits. There will be four specific models of the chip offered, though no specifics are available yet. A Bulldozer-based Piledriver core will be the basis, which will also underpin the company's upcoming AMD FX-series of processors.
Aimed at small businesses
HP has brought out the Compaq 100B Small Form Factor Business PC. The 100B incorporates an AMD Fusion-based E-350 1.6 GHz dual-core chip with an integrated AMD Radeon HD 6310 graphics processor to give it uncharacteristically fast graphics for the size. Built around a micro ITX motherboard, the 100B takes up about half the space of a traditional ATX or mini-ATX based business desktop.
Sony Vaio YB netbooks now in the US
Sony is now shipping its VAIO YB netbooks in the US. The computer we tried at CES sports an 11.6-inch, 720p display and is powered by a 1.6GHz AMD Fusion processor that gives it 1080p video and faster 3D than Intel CULV notebooks in the class. A stock configuration comes with 4GB of RAM onboard, along with a 500GB hard drive, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, HDMI output and Ethernet.
Gigabyte, Soyo mainboards with AMD Zacate leaked
Two mainboards were leaked online on Wednesday thanks to EXPreview, both with AMD's Zacate chip. The two mainboards are from Gigabyte and Soyo, and the Zacate E350 chip common to both sports a clock speed of 1.6GHz with an integrated Radeon HD 6310 graphics core. It will be designed for low-power desktops and nettops with just a peak 18W of power.
AMD shows Bobcat APU chips, says faster than Atom
At a recent event to which it invited HardOCP, AMD has revealed more specs on its upcoming Brazos architecture chips, including the Bobcat. The chips are further divided into Ontario and Zacate codenames, both of which are ultra low power units meant for notebooks and desktops priced at under $500. The chips are from the Fusion family, meaning they have both a CPU and a GPU on the same die.
Intel Sandy Bridge and AMD Zacate to show at IDF
Intel's Developer Forum should be the first chance at seeing working examples of both Intel- and AMD-made processors with fully built-in graphics. The host of the event is expected to show Sandy Bridge just ahead of its ship date. While it still has yet to confirm most of the details, the desktop chips will range between 2.5GHz dual and 3.4GHz quad models with graphics fast enough to beat entry dedicated video for the first time in an Intel chip.
AMD Zacate chip debuts at IFA
AMD in the wrap-up of the IFA show detailed a new processor based on its Fusion hybrid CPU and graphics combos that would be targeted at a larger class of system than the netbook-oriented Ontario. Zacate will consume twice as much energy at 18W, likely due to a higher clock speed, but will be fast enough to drive ultraportable and budget notebooks as well as all-in-one and small desktops. It will have twin cores based on the Bobcat architecture and should be paired with graphics in the chip that can support DirectX 11 (OpenGL 4) 3D effects, hardware 1080p decoding and OpenCL.