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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: end of Feb?
By outsider on 2/6/2007 5:19:29 PM , Rating: 2
First things first:
1. The chipset has almost influence on power consumption.
2. Future upgradebility does not count in laptops. You cannot replace a dual core with a quad core in a notebook because of heat and higher power draw.

Thats because are because today's chipsets are already excellent and with very little room for improvement. The article is an english-to-english translation of a press release. What do you expect them to say?

and second things second:
3. The graphics on the notebook are on the same class of my 3 years old Radeon 9600 (the X700 on the RS690 has half the pipes), so gaming is still out of question.
4. Much more important on a notebook are the CPU, GPU and hard-drive. And if you want a top-of-the-line notebook you should aim for a BluRay or HDDVD drive. IMO it makes much more sense to wait for:

1. 65nm (or quad core, if you haven't yet realized that life ends and you should try to live it).
2. cheap Radeon 1950-class GPU or DirectX10 GPU.
3. cheap solid-state drives or chipsets with hard drive chaching.
4. cheaper HD players or even recorders.
5. cheaper higher-res screens.

Almost all elements of the wish-list contained the word cheaper because not even a miracle can make AMD match Centrino with a chipset change (this comes from an AMD fanboy, me). So people already have a great alternative, they just can wait for a cheaper one from AMD.

If you realize that you have a life to live and decide not to wait for any of the above-mentioned components, why for life's sake do you want to wait for a chipset? What was this chipset that took an average platform and raised to to new heights?

RE: end of Feb?
By outsider on 2/6/2007 5:20:57 PM , Rating: 2
(almost NO influence)* - I was going to delete "almost" and I ended up deleting "no"

RE: end of Feb?
By kenyee on 2/6/2007 10:39:35 PM , Rating: 2
- cpu can go into deeper sleep because the RS690 handles memory refresh...should mean longer battery life
- roughly twice the speed of the 6150 chipset
- MXM support so hopefully laptop makers can pair this low power IGP w/ a faster GPU
- HDMI/HDCP output (this is more important for HTPC folks and hopefully the RS690 has enough juice to push 1080p since the 6150 could only barely do 720p and 1080i)

And yes, the Core2Duo spanks the Turion all over the place but the Turion has $100 price advantage...

"Intel is investing heavily (think gazillions of dollars and bazillions of engineering man hours) in resources to create an Intel host controllers spec in order to speed time to market of the USB 3.0 technology." -- Intel blogger Nick Knupffer
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