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AMD "Trevally" block diagram courtesy of Chile Hardware
AMD gets ready to take on Intel's "Santa Rosa" with its next-generation "Trevally" mobile platform

AMD is currently providing partners with its next-generation Trevally mobile reference design for Socket S1 Turion processors. Trevally features AMD’s upcoming RS690T north bridge and new SB700 south-bridge.

In its mobile configuration, the RS690T supports side port and MXM technologies for video upgrades. Notebook manufacturers are able to implement an external frame buffer for the integrated Radeon X700-derived graphics core using the available side port. Manufacturers are free to use 512-mbit DDR2 memory for the external frame buffer.

While the RS690T has an integrated Radeon X700-derived graphics core, it features eight PCIe lanes for an external graphics or greater video output capabilities. The eight PCIe lanes are routable to an MXM-slot for graphics card upgrades. Additionally, the eight PCIe lanes are SDVO compatible in case manufacturers want to implement TV, VGA and DVI outputs. Two PCIe x1 links are available for PCIe Ethernet and ExpressCard on RS690T too.

Connecting to the RS690T IGP-north-bridge via a PCIe x4 interconnect is the new SB700 south-bridge. New features of the SB700 include more USB and SATA 3.0Gbps ports. SB700 increases the amount of supported USB 2.0 ports to 12 from the previous 10. Additionally, two USB 1.1 ports are supported for 14-supported USB ports.  

AMD increased the total amount of SATA 3.0Gbps ports to six with the SB700; the SB600 south-bridge only supports four SATA 3.0Gbps ports. While chipset manufacturers occasionally remove parallel ATA support completely with more SATA ports, AMD has opted to retain parallel ATA support. The Trevally reference platform uses the ATA 66/100/133 interface for a flash memory module, similar to Intel’s Robson technology.

It is unknown when AMD’s Trevally platform will make its appearance, especially since RS690 is still unavailable.


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RE: Sideport Memory
By ADDAvenger on 2/5/2007 11:48:05 PM , Rating: 2
Shoot, I'll just ask for the link, that'll be quicker than a bunch of questions


RE: Sideport Memory
By IntelUser2000 on 2/5/2007 11:58:49 PM , Rating: 2
Go find out at HKEPC. Sure, it doesn't have the sideport thing, but it won't matter a lot anyway. The first sideport memory offered 1.4GB/s for the faster one, which is less than what single channel DDR200 can offer.

"As we mentioned before, the SidePort memory interface is a single 32-bit channel, which at 350MHz provides 1.4GB/s of bandwidth to the integrated graphics core. At 200MHz SidePort can only provide 800MB/s of bandwidth,"

Seriously, they won't put 2GHz 32-bit memory or something like that for sideport. This is mainly for power consumption.


RE: Sideport Memory
By heffeque on 2/6/2007 11:26:50 AM , Rating: 2
Anything is better than those crappy Intel integrated graphics. It's good to see that integrated graphics doesn't mean crappy anymore, it just means 'slow'.


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