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Leaked AMD mobile platform roadmaps from German forum board 3D Center reveal that the Llano chip replacement, Trinity, is due to begin shipping in the winter of 2012, among other tidbits. There will be four specific models of the chip offered, though no specifics are available yet. A Bulldozer-based Piledriver core will be the basis, which will also underpin the company's upcoming AMD FX-series of processors.
NVIDIA is pushing back the launches of its Kepler and Maxwell graphics architectures by roughly a year, rumors from the video card industry alleged on Friday. Originally slated for late 2011 and 2013, the respective 28 and 22/20 nanometer designs are now supposedly being moved to 2012 and 2014. The Digitimes sources believed that NVIDIA's fabrication partner TSMC wasn't producing good yields of 28nm parts and that Kepler wasn't running as quickly as hoped for.
Rumors of AMD hardware in Macs gained fuel late Wednesday after a slide from the semiconductor firm's Financial Analysts' Day drew attention. The shot implied that Apple was a partner for Fusion chips and showed the iMac and Mac Pro. AMD Senior PR Manager Chris Hook was quick to tell Fudzilla that Apple was just a regular AMD partner for the Radeon graphics in both systems, but he would neither confirm nor deny that Apple would go for AMD's all-in-one CPU and graphics combinations in the future.
AMD as part of the same preview that showed the first shipping Fusion chips also provided the codenames for some of its longer term processor launches. Khrishna and Wichita will use a more power-efficient 28 nanometer design with two and four cores respectively. Both will cover virtually the entire range and scale from as small as a tablet to notebooks and some desktops.