AMD's Torrenza, Trinity and Raiden projects

Posted on Saturday, Jun 03 2006 @ 17:14 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
“Torrenza” represents the industry’s first open, customer-centric x86 innovation platform, capitalizing on the Direct Connect Architecture and HyperTransport advantages of the AMD64 architecture to enable other processor and hardware providers to innovate within a common ecosystem. “Torrenza” will enable a global innovation community to develop and deploy application-specific co-processors to work alongside AMD processors in multi-socket systems. Seyer declared the first phase of “Torrenza” nearly complete via an earlier HyperTransport investment that enabled partner silicon chipsets.

The next phase, announced at AMD's analyst day, will entail licensing of coherent HyperTransport to members of a global ecosystem; developments already in progress include support for an HTX expansion slot. Through “Torrenza”, AMD gives OEMs new abilities to differentiate server and client systems through innovation on the AMD64 platform.

"Trinity” is AMD’s strategy to uniquely link, through an open approach, security, virtualization and manageability technologies. “Trinity” is intended to enable greater flexibility and reduced costs associated with managing, securing and scaling commercial client and server platforms. Through “Trinity”, AMD will provide open and extensible software tools to OEM partners, providing a framework for enhanced IT platform management and security. Elements of “Trinity” were available in recently announced socket AM2 client platforms, with additional roll-outs expected this year.

A project codenamed “Raiden” will build on “Trinity” to reinvent the commercial client experience. “Raiden” is intended to enable platforms designed to improve IT efficiency without compromising the expected end-user experience. “Raiden” will shift the focus from physical client computing to the delivery of client services with new levels of manageability and security. “Raiden” will support traditional PC clients, as well as new form factors inspired by such industry dynamics as software-as-a-service delivery models. AMD is collaborating with hardware and software ecosystem leaders to deliver these solutions to the commercial user base.


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