"AMD Inside" is the basic thrust by Advanced Micro Devices, which showed off a prototype Windows 8 tablet-laptop hybrid running on the company's A-series "Trinity" chips. It's a direct challenge to Intel's Ivy Bridge processors, which (Intel claims) will power about 30 Windows 8 touchscreen ultrabooks by year-end. The AMD prototype device, built by Compal, had a detachable touchscreen that could be used as a tablet.
The A-series chips are designed for ultrabooks and start at $600. Trinity has up to four CPU cores, is 25% faster than its Llano predecessor, and sports a graphics core that's 50% faster. Trinity chips draw 17 watts of power and 10 hours of battery life. So far, no PC maker has announced a tablet-laptop hybrid based on Trinity chips.