Leaked AMD mobile roadmap littered with codenames

A senior member of the 3DCenter forums has posted what look like slides revealing AMD’s mobile roadmap through 2013. As is usually the case with leaked documents, the details should be taken with a grain of salt. The schedule seems plausible, though, especially considering the fact that we saw Trinity, the next-gen Fusion chip, demoed at IDF a couple of weeks ago.

According to this latest round of leaked slides, dual- and quad-core versions of the Trinity APU will enter mass production in January of next year. There will purportedly be 35W and 45W variants of the quad-core chips, while the duallies will carry a 35W TDP. On a different slide, an "E2-Series APU" is listed at the bottom of the Trinity product stack. Let’s hope that one is a low-power variant of the chip with a tighter thermal envelope.

Later next year, the low end of the Trinity lineup will apparently get some competition from Wichita, a next-gen APU based on the Bobcat CPU cores found in AMD’s existing Brazos platform. Wichita’s graphics component carries the same London codename as Trinity, and there will also be a version of the APU dubbed Krishna. Krishna is designed for notebooks smaller than 12", and I’m curious whether it will have fewer cores than Wichita or just lower clock speeds.

While the Trinity APUs look set to be paired with the same mobile chipsets that accompany existing Llano processors, the low-power Yuba platform hub is on the roadmap for next year. This chip will be limited to a pair of Serial ATA 6Gbps and USB 3.0 ports, and it should accompany the Wichita and Krishna APUs.

Looking forward to 2013 brings more codenames but little actual information. AMD purportedly has plans for new Kaveri, Kabini, and Samara APUs, based on the Steamroller and Jaguar CPU cores. Interestingly, Kabini appears to have a built-in chipset component, bringing Fusion to the next level of platform integration.

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    • Chrispy_
    • 8 years ago

    Screw the mobile lineup:

    Release date for the Opteron 6200 and 4200 was supposed to be yesterday!
    Where are my Bulldozer benchmarks? 🙂

    • flip-mode
    • 8 years ago

    No more road maps. No more announcements. No more leaks, previews, CPUz shots, overclocking world records, power point slides, code names, model numbers, fancy logos, discussions of what a module is, etc, etc, etc.

    Actual product, in Damage Labs, with actual benchmarks, and accompanying Tech Report article.

      • shank15217
      • 8 years ago

      Yea i have to agree, AMD is on a roadmap binge and is really talking about future products before the current one is out, making it apparent the current one hasn’t met their expectations and may not meet the customers.

      • smilingcrow
      • 8 years ago

      I think you missed the first word in the headline which is LEAKED.

        • jensend
        • 8 years ago

        NO KIDDING. Tons of folks here seem to be really frustrated with AMD because they’ve seen dozens and dozens of stories about future AMD products and only a few product launches.

        Their ire is totally misdirected; it’s not AMD who’s pushing all these stories. Rather, donaimhaber and a handful of others have been meeting the thirst for info about AMD’s future products with leaked, rumored, or simply fabricated stories. You can’t blame AMD for that.

      • jcw122
      • 8 years ago

      This is a computer enthusiast website, right? Road maps remind me of the good ol’ days!

    • ronch
    • 8 years ago

    I don’t want roadmaps. I want actual products. On time and performing as I want it to.

      • anotherengineer
      • 8 years ago

      Need a map so you know where your going. Go give them your input maybe you can help accelerate things?

      I know we all want faster, yesterday, but it just doesn’t happen like that.

        • ronch
        • 8 years ago

        Yeah, a road map is good. If you’re gonna follow it.

    • bcronce
    • 8 years ago

    I just want a 4module/8core BD-based APU

      • axeman
      • 8 years ago

      Dunno why the downvotes, so I give you the upvotes. I don’t know what any of this stuff is, or really care anymore, I just come hear to watch the nerd flame wars. You weren’t trying to start one, so no idea what people have a problem with.

      edit: I accidentally a grammar

        • dpaus
        • 8 years ago

        [quote<]edit: I accidentally a grammar[/quote<] I had to upvote you just for that!

      • ronch
      • 8 years ago

      And I want a 4-patty/8-cheese hamburger, 5GHz please and an extra helping of LN2.

    • chuckula
    • 8 years ago

    [quote<]There will purportedly be 35W and 45W variants of the quad-core chips, while the duallies will carry a 35W TDP. On a different slide, an "E2-Series APU" is listed at the bottom of the Trinity product stack. Let's hope that one is a low-power variant of the chip with a tighter thermal envelope.[/quote<] The lower power variant is *key* here. There's no doubt that Trinity will bring even faster graphics vs. Llano, but in the mobile space the new place to be is in the sub 20watt range. If Trinity can get down to sub 20 watts and still have greatly improved graphics vs. Ivy Bridge then AMD can compete in the "Ultrabook" / Macook Air category.

      • sweatshopking
      • 8 years ago

      there’s a 17w trinity dual core chip amd has been talking about. here’s a quote, since i’m getting minused: “AMD CFO and interim CEO Thomas Seifert recently said: “we plan to launch a (low power) version of the Trinity, consumes less power consumption and now half the most energy efficient 35W Llano APU, which brings high performance to ultra thin and light notebook computing (experience). ””

        • NeelyCam
        • 8 years ago

        No link = it’s not real.

      • smilingcrow
      • 8 years ago

      Sandy Bridge has a very power efficient CPU but also a very power inefficient GPU. Intel have already talked about how Ivy Bridge will offer a more power efficient GPU as well as offering more performance. So in the sub 20W space it becomes a matter of who can juggle the TDP between the CPU and GPU to get the best overall balance.

      Intel’s strengths in CPU architecture design and fabrication should give them a decent lead on the CPU side but that doesn’t mean they will be able to beat AMD overall for gaming performance. Intelligent Turbo Boost will come into its own here to extract the most from the limited TDP. An interesting fight me thinks.

    • dpaus
    • 8 years ago

    The really interesting chip is the Hondo (misspelled ‘Honda’ in the article), which is basically the existing Bobcat in a 4.5W power envelope. AMD has previously stated that they think 3W is the ‘sweet spot’ for tablets, but for full x86 compatibility with serious graphics, might 4.5W be enough?

      • mutarasector
      • 8 years ago

      For Windows 8/Metro tablets, yes, I suspect 4.5W will be enough. It may not offer as great of battery life as ARM, but it would enable developers to reuse much of their x86 code when metro-izing their apps. The question for me is just how much lower power can AMD get the accompanying FCH for it? Last I heard they stripped much out of Hondo’s FCH already.

        • Antimatter
        • 8 years ago

        I don’t think the TDP is as important as idle power consumption.

        • dpaus
        • 8 years ago

        The Hondo FCH has gone from 6 SATA ports to 1, from 16 USB ports to 8, and appears to have dropped PCIe altogether, plus whatever they can wring out of process improvements, so I expect the power savings to be pretty dramatic.

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