AMD Radeon HD 7000 to be used for Trinity APUs
It was not exactly a surprize anymore but the next generation Llano APUs will be called Trinity, the graphics engine inside that APU will be based on Radeon 7000 series technology.
A new leaked slide indicates that the 28nm graphics processing units (GPUs) from Advanced Micro Devices will be dubbed the Radeon HD 7000 line, though this was expected.
What the Globalfoundries slide says is that the GPUs that will be part of these chips are members of the same Radeon HD 7000 series, the same as the ones that will spawn add-in boards and discrete cards (for laptops).
What stands out is that VLIW-4 architecture is part of the list of assets, something that, currently, is only employed in the Radeon HD 6900 series. The slide goes into some detail, confirming roadmaps saying that Trinity will use next-generation Piledriver architecture cores.
Overall, there should be a GLlops performance boost of about 50% compared to the Llano units (the so-called mainstream APUs of today). This does not mean that real-world performance will be an extra half better, but there is no question that prospective customers can safely expect a major improvement.