AMD just unveiled its latest processor, called Trinity. Meant for Ultrabooks, regular laptops and all-in-one designs, the new chip boasts better multimedia capabilities, at less power than the previous generation, Llano.
With Trinity, AMD aims to satisfy both PC gamers in need of a mobile system as well as anyone who works with professional multimedia software like Photoshop or Sony Vegas. AMD says Trinity's performance on a per-watt basis is actually double Llano's, although the overall boost is about 29%.
Because of its compactness and lighter power demands, Trinity is made for three types of PCs in mind: Ultrabooks, all-in-one desktop models and traditional laptops. Hewlett-Packard's recently unveiled Sleekbooks, for example, will have Trinity chips as an option.
AMD packed Trinity with many enhancements to beef up the multimedia experience applications that are heavily focused on photos or video. Trinity's Media Accelerator tries to improve video playback with color adjustments, noise reduction and image stabilization of shaky video. But even better, the chip can prioritize video streaming over poor Wi-Fi connection, ensuring you don't get that "buffering" message unless you absolutely have to.
On the production side, AMD says Trinity has more than 30 hardware-accelerated features for Adobe Photoshop, speeding up certain filters like Blur, Warping and Liquify on high-resolution photos. Besides that, Trinity also supports HD video chats with up to four people.
Trinity is a 32-nanometer chip technology (the measurement refers to the distance between discrete elements on the chip), which, in terms of Moore's Law, is a generation behind Intel's recently unveiledIvy Bridge tech, a 22-nanometer tech. However, AMD claims Trinity performs better than comparable Intel processors, and AMD components tend to offer better value.
Laptops equipped with Trinity have the potential to enjoy up to 12 hours of battery life, AMD says, but obviously that will depend greatly the other parts of the hardware (notably the screen) and how it's used. There are five different models of the chip, three quad-core and two dual-core. They run on power supplies between 17 watts (for Ultrabooks) to 35 watts (for all-in-ones or laptops).
For more on Trinity, check out the gallery below and AMD's site.
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