AMD Believes in the Trinity

AMD has struggled to keep up in the enthusiast market, but they are not giving up just yet.  Their new 2nd Generation APU - specifically the A10-4600M 'Trinity' APU has recently made some noise in the interweb.  TechReport takes a look at this quad-core chip that packs in a total of 4MB of last-level cache and an estimated 1.3+ Billion transistors.  It's pretty funny when there are so many, that they have to use estimates...

Trinity isn't an especially large chip, as these things go, but it is a little larger than Llano—despite a lower transistor count estimate—and it's quite a bit larger than the quad-core versions of Sandy and Ivy Bridge. Then again, the 22-nm Ivy Bridge quad is positively tiny.