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AMD Trinity Desktop Chip Schedule Challenges Mobo Makers

Mainboard manufacturers told German publication heise online that only samples are available to them at this time as AMD intends to get rid of its pile of Llano processors before Trinity is released. If correct, don't expect to get a retail desktop Trinity CPU before the Christmas season is in full swing.

AMD somewhat confirmed the manufacturer statements by telling heise that only major vendors such as Acer, Asus, HP and Lenovo are getting Trinity chips right now. Retail chips will be made available "later" this year, AMD said. Manufacturers are not exactly pleased and complain that they cannot get their finalized board designs into production. They also said they lost contacts at AMD due to the layoffs at the chip maker.

It appears that AMD is clearly prioritizing its supply and is getting Trinity into the hands of those that may otherwise decide to completely rely on Intel's Ivy Bridge for this Back-to-School season. However, AMD is compromising the possible impact of Trinity by making enthusiasts wait.