During the OCP Regional Summit, AMD revealed an unexpected plan to shift from AGESA to the open-source openSIL firmware by 2026. This decision stems from concerns over AGESA's vulnerability to cyberattacks.
AMD Announces OpenSIL as AGESA's Replacement for Enhanced Security and Simplified Scaling by 2026. Raj Kapoor, the Head of Firmware Architecture at AMD, stated that this transition will signify the end of an era, with openSIL replacing AGESA across server platforms and other client devices in 2026.
OpenSIL is already compatible with AMD's 4th generation EPYC Genoa processors and is projected to be prepared for integration with Zen 6 or Zen 7 desktop PC processors. AMD aims to gradually introduce openSIL firmware across its entire product lineup, simplifying processes, facilitating scaling, and enhancing overall security.
It remains uncertain whether AMD will continue providing updates for AGESA in the future. AGESA, introduced in 2011, gained prominence through AM4 platforms and Zen architecture-based processors. After 15 years of operation, AMD is preparing to retire AGESA and adopt openSIL as its successor.
Although the planned transition is still three years away, unforeseen circumstances may arise that could impact AMD's intentions. Nevertheless, AMD's decision to adopt openSIL firmware demonstrates their dedication to bolstering security and streamlining solutions.