According to our conversation with a Gigabyte spokesman at Computex 2012, AMD is delaying the release of Trinity APUs for desktops to early Q4 of this year, tentatively around October. We feel that this delay points to a series of business decisions made by AMD to focus on the mobile computing segment.
AMD previewed their Trinity APUs in April this year and we had our hands-on experience with the company's mobile Trinity APU a month later. From a performance stand point, we think consumers will like what AMD's Trinity APU delivers; however, the benchmark results point to the fact it can compete better in the entry to low mid-range machines that usually don't sport a discrete graphics module.
The other challenge we pointed out is how the notebook and system vendors will be integrating the Trinity APUs to their platforms to make them appeal to consumers. We also pointed about the possibility of supply issues due to AMD's spotty record with its limited availability of AMD Llano processors. With the reported confusion amongst motherboard manufacturers about the availability of the desktop Trinity APUs, it seems that this systemic issue of limited availability may surface once again for the Trinity APUs.
There are commentators who said that this confusion is caused by AMD putting their notebook efforts in priority and we concur since it's a crucial market for Trinity to succeed. We hope that by the time desktop Trinity APUs are made available for the FM2 motherboards (that have been showcased at Computex 2012), the APUs don't suffer the same fate like their Llano desktop counterparts.