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AMD's Trinity

It has been a busy spring for chip maker AMD. In May, AMD launched Trinity, the code name for its second-generation A-Series processors that it is positioning as a low-power, graphically superior alternative to Intel's Core i5 Ivy Bridge parts. Trinity does exceed the graphics performance of the prior generation Llano processor, and it has been optimized for notebook gaming and multimedia playback with a thermal design power of 17 watts, compared with the 25-watt TDP of Llano. The Core i5's TDP ranges between 45 and 77 watts.

In June, AMD announced that it had inked a deal with processor-IP rival ARM to license Cortex-A5 cores for use in AMD's own x86-based processors. The alliance is part of a new AMD initiative to integrate Cortex A5-native TrustZone security into AMD's 2013 mobile processor lineup. The move parallels Intel's strategy to integrate security into its hardware platforms.

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