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CHIP DESIGNER AMD has supposedly seen its 2012 desktop roadmap leaked on a Chinese website.
AMD has spent the first seven months of 2011 releasing its Fusion accelerated processor unit (APU) combined CPU and GPU chips that it hopes will eventually capture the low-end and mainstream markets. It hasn't yet come out with its Bulldozer 'FX-series' enthusiast and server parts, however it's rumoured that those will hit the shelves within the next six to eight weeks.
AMD's reported 2012 roadmap has its low-end, embedded Brazos chips supplanted by Deccan, a quad-core version of Brazos, while its mainstream Lynx platform will be taken over by Virgo. This is where the Trinity APU, which was held aloft at Computex, will appear. There is no change on the chipset side of things, but the chip reportedly will have four "Piledriver" cores.
At the high-end, AMD will introduce a 10-core Komodo chip that, if the documents are correct, will use an FM2 socket. There's an updated Hudson controller hub that has the usual accoutrements including eight SATA3 ports supporting RAID 0, 1, 5 and 10.
To top all that off, AMD is said to be planning to out its Radeon HD 7000 series graphics chips for both the mainstream and high-end markets. It might refresh its APU grahics cores, too.
Of course all this is from slides that have been leaked and it is hard to nail down the validity of the details. However Trinity has already been publicly shown off, albeit not as functional silicon, and has been slated for a 2012 launch. And as for the FM2 socket for the AMD's Komodo 10-core processors, stories about such a socket have been doing the rounds for some time too.
The real question is, what is Intel going to do, because Chipzilla has already said that it expects chips based on its 22nm Tri-gate '3D' process node to tip up in 2012. Just how smoothly Intel transitions to 22nm will likely shape AMD's 2012 as much as the sales of Intel's own products. µ
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