Monday, 25 July 2011 12:04

AMD's 2012 CPU lineup detailed

Written by Slobodan Simic

10-core Komodo next year scored a roadmap that reveals more details on AMD's 2012 desktop lineup and although some of the details have already shown up earlier, the new roadmap slides shows some new details regarding enthusiast Komodo CPU, mainstream Trinity APU and the low end Wichita APU.

The newest suprise comes from enthusiast desktop Corona platform with Komodo CPU and Hudson D4 chipset. According to the details in the slide, Komodo CPU will feature up to ten Piledriver cores (most likely updated Bulldozer design), will feature Turbo Core 3.0 tech, support for DDR3 memory and will be based on FM2 infrastructure. As far as the Hudson D4 FCH is concerned, this one comes with support for four USB 3.0 ports and eight SATA 6.0Gbps ports. The Corona platform will be rounded up with next gen. AMD discrete graphics.

The next in line is Virgo mainstream desktop platform based on the Trinity APU. The Trinity APU features up to four Piledriver CPU cores paired up with DirectX 11 GPU core. It is also based on FM2 infrastructure and has DDR3 support and support for AMD's Turbo Core 3.0. This one is paired up with AMD's A75 and A55 FCH with four USB 3.0 ports and six SATA 6Gbps ports and will also be rounded up with AMD's next gen. discrete graphics, probably with support for some sort of Dual Graphics that we've seen on Llano.

The last but not least, the Deccan platform based on the Wichita APU with up to four Bobcat CPU cores and DirectX 11 GPU core. It is based on FT2 BGA infrastructure and has support for DDR3 memory. It will be paired up with integrated Yuba FCH.

The entire lineup is scheduled for 2012. As a part of mainstream desktop lineup, Trinity will replace the current desktop Llano lineup and will manufactured on 32nm process, while Wichita will be based on TSMC's 28nm process.

You can check out the original slides here.

Last modified on Monday, 25 July 2011 12:35
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-5 #1 Harry Lloyd 2011-07-25 12:46
Excuse me, FM2? A new socket for both enthusiast and mainstream?

Does that mean whatever we buy this year will be obsolete next year?

Are they kidding?
+5 #2 Memristor 2011-07-25 13:20
No mention on the PCIe bus. Hopefully they come with PCIe 3.0 support.
+3 #3 JAB Creations 2011-07-25 13:21
Quoting Harry Lloyd:
Does that mean whatever we buy this year will be obsolete next year?

There are some couple reasons for this that come to mind...

-Merge AMx and FMx, it may reduce production costs.

-AMD may not have foreseen a socket split back in the days of socket 939 since the differences between socket 939, AM2, AM2+, AM3 and AM3+ are apparently modestly small.

I don't think AMD has lost their mind and have decided to screw people over Intel style (e.g. 1156 to 1556). I think the best thing to do is relax and wait for more solid developments. Besides, we AMD folk don't exactly over-invest like Intel fanboys do though, we get more value while at the same time you can only stretch so far and remain competitive.
-1 #4 SlickR 2011-07-25 13:23
These CPU's better be competitive or AMD may just as well shut-down and call it quits.

I mean at this point AMD isn't even forcing Intel to reduce the prices its so ridiculous.
-9 #5 Warrior24_7 2011-07-25 13:40
Sounds like more gimmickry (if thats even a word). The only way these companies make money is if they keep unsuspecting gamers buying this stuff repeatedly! You must constantly upgrade!
+3 #6 bene 2011-07-25 14:07
Quoting Harry Lloyd:
Excuse me, FM2? A new socket for both enthusiast and mainstream?

Does that mean whatever we buy this year will be obsolete next year?

Are they kidding?

If they want to integrate some minor gpu even on the high end cpus, they have to switch away from dusty old AM3, my friend.
AM3 is made for an IGP in the chipset on the mainboard, not for an APU. There is no way an APU can be compatible to AM3+. So you can't blame AMD for that. Anyway i think if you buy some High End Bulldozer this year, there wont be any need to upgrade in the next few years. So why worrying bout compatibility in the high end anyways.

Hopefully FM2-APUs will be compatible to FM1. Cause i'd like to buy some nifty FM1 ITX Board this year.
+2 #7 dicobalt 2011-07-25 14:07
Wow 10 cores is ridiculous. How about cores with higher instruction per clock?
+4 #8 redunion1940 2011-07-25 14:09
It isn't really unsuspecting. Most PC gamers know that at some point a upgrade is coming. If were on a tight budget, you can strectch a $600 to $800 Machine for 4 or 5 years.

As to people wanting AMD to be competitive so Intel lowers there price, that isn't going to happen. If AMD becomes competitive again, expect there prices to go higher, maybe not as high as Intel, but close. I like AMD but that is what would happen.
+1 #9 godrilla 2011-07-25 14:10
Komodo cpu vs ivybridge vs project denver (rumored next year) round 1 scheduled in 2012 stay tuned lol. Good news
-1 #10 pogsnet 2011-07-25 14:11
@Harry Lloyd

Not yet sure if it will be obsolete next year just like AM3 can be backward compatible to AM2. But in Intel it is surely no backward compatibility and yearly new hardware change.

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