Delays are back to haunt desktop variants of AMD's next-generation A-series APUs. According to sources, a last-minute design change forced AMD and motherboard vendors to go back to the drawing boards.
Troubles can't seem to end for AMD's next-generation A-series APUs for desktops, even as the notebook variants are up and running on several designs by top vendors. Sources among motherboard makers told industry observer DigiTimes that a last-minute design change forced AMD and motherboard vendors to go back to the drawing boards. That's every company with working socket FM2 motherboard designs we spotted at this year's Computex event.
The design change will delay things for desktop variants of AMD's A-series "Trinity" APUs till October 2012. This development even affects the launch of the A10-5800K, a "flagship" quad-core APU in the series, geared for overclocking. An October launch would see the new A-series APUs launch simultaneously, or hot on the heels of, AMD's next-generation FX-series processors, codenamed "Vishera," built on the same "Piledriver" micro-architecture that Trinity's x86 cores are derived from.
In the mean time, AMD will gradually phase out existing socket AM3 processors in the Athlon II and Phenom II series, and replace them with socket FM1 Athlon II, and socket AM3+ Phenom II processors in the various price-points they hold. AMD's Taiwan office declined to comment on the DigiTimes report.