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AMD offers roadmap update and Trinity glimpse

AMD's senior vice president Rick Bergman has taken to the stage at the company's Computex press briefing today to unveil the processor which will form the company's 2012 desktop offering: the Trinity.

As part of the company's roadmap update, Bergman revealed that the company's Llano series, scheduled for release this year, will be succeeded by a part known as 'Trinity' in 2012, based on the Bulldozer core - a codename originally announced back in September.

While Bergman didn't discuss specifications, he did surprise the crowd with an engineering sample chip hidden in his pocket - and that provides a small amount of information for those eager to see what AMD has up its sleeve.

The chip is labelled "KFB3164A," and carries the designation T1675. The part will likely be at least eight cores, and appears from its size to be compatible with the AM3+ socket format used in the company's latest 9-series chipsets - also announced today.

The name, Trinity, also suggests something else: while the current Bulldozer architecture is based on pairs of processing cores linked to shared floating point units, it's possible that Trinity takes the concept a step further by linking the processing cores in triplets for improved inter-core communications. This is, however, complete speculation on our part - and AMD hasn't responded to our guesswork to confirm or deny the possibility.

During the presentation, Bergman also revealed that the company is committed to a yearly update cycle for its complete APU range - mainstream, ultrathin, and tablet - meaning we can expect another 'surprise' unveiling at next year's Computex conference.

The roadmap also contains two tablet parts, combining low-power Bobcat cores with the company's Fusion APU technology: Desna, due for release later this year, and Hondo for 2012. Again, specifications were not disclosed.