CHIP DESIGNER AMD showed its Trinity APU at a press conference on Wednesday to a scrum of eager Taiwanese and international press, while also unveiling its 9-series desktop chipset.
The 9-series chipset is a key part of the firm's Scorpius desktop platform, and will feature 8-core Zambezi processors built on the Bulldozer core, according to AMD product group general manager, Rick Bergman.
AMD also featured Radeon HD6000 Series discrete graphics cards, designed to appeal to hardcore gamers and HD entertainment consumers, and support for AM3+ socket processors that are backwards compatible with all AM3 sockets.
Bergman said the firm has also made I/O enhancements with up to six SATA 3.0 6Gbits/s ports, while the chipset design benefits from scalable performance with support for two to four GPUs.
The chipsets are available immediately with motherboards to be sold from June, while Zambezi CPUs will be available in "late Summer".
The highlight of the morning for many, though, was AMD's unveiling of its Fusion Trinity accelerated processing unit (APU) based on the Bulldozer core.
The chip is set to succeed the much-hyped Llano in the mainstream desktop market in 2012 and, judging by the reaction to its appearance this morning, it's going to be a hit.
Watch our video to see your valiant reporter unceremoniously shoved, pushed and elbowed out of the way as the AMD-crazy audience scrambled to get their lenses on the processor. µ
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