AMD Trinity APU confirmed for 2012; Z-Series for tablets imminent


has officially unveiled its next-gen Fusion chip, Trinity, which will replace the current APU, Llano, in 2012. Presented at

Computex 2011

earlier today, Trinity uses the Bulldozer APU and will drop next year; until then, of course, there's Llano's official launch as the VISION A-Series of chips next month, broken down into three tiers: A4, A6 and A8.

The chip company hasn't detailed what makes those three levels different, though clock speed and cache seem likely factors. Meanwhile, the Z-Series

for tablets

- codenamed Desna – will target Windows based slates and have a sub-6W TDP, as per the leaked slides

we saw last week

. The first model to use the platform will be MSI's

WindPad 110W

, launched earlier this week,

We won't have to wait until 2012 and Trinity for the first Bulldozer products, however; AMD confirmed that the first mainstream chips – including Zambezi for desktops and Orochi for servers - will arrive in Q3 2011. The new 9-Series chipset that will support them is already available, the company said, and will be showing up in products from next month.

AMD also brought


on stage for a demonstration of the company's Android virtualization software for Windows-based devices. That will allow Z-Series based slates to run Android apps alongside Windows software.