It appears as if AMD is finally ready to discontinue their AM socket type with the upcoming 32nm Llano processor release. This new APU (Accelerated Processing Unit) will feature integrated graphics much like the Intel Core i3 and i5 series, but unlike Intel, AMD is integrating the GPU into the actual processor. For the time being, details are scant about the new socket type, but we do know it has been dubbed FM1.
Some details have also emerged about the chipset scheduled to release with the FM1 socket type, and it looks as if AMD is trying to bypass the need for an on-board NEC chip to add support for USB 3.0, and have instead integrated the technology into the chipset itself. However, this technology will only be available with certain models, with the others using USB 2.0, so it looks as if USB 3.0 is still a ways off from becoming the standard. Still, it does appear as if all will use the SATA 3.0 interface.
This new offering will be the first from AMD to not include some form of backwards compatibility since the release of the AM2 boards, but with a name like FM1 it seems as if AMD is looking to continue the compatability cycle later on, perhaps with FM2.