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AMD Generic Encapsulated Software Architecture (AGESA), is a bootstrap protocol by which system devices on AMD64-architecture mainboards are initialized. The AGESA software in the BIOS of such mainboards is responsible for the initialization of the processor cores, memory, and the HyperTransport controller.

AGESA documentation was previously available only to AMD partners that had signed a non-disclosure agreement (NDA). A form of AGESA source code scrubbed of "proprietary code, identifiers and concepts" was open-sourced in early 2011 to gain track in coreboot,[1] but these releases were stopped in 2014.[2][3]

AGESA is linked to AMD PowerTune.[4]

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  1. ^ "Technical details on AMD's coreboot source code release". AMD. 2011-02-28. Archived from the original on 2014-03-25. Retrieved 2016-02-01.
  2. ^ "Frequently Asked Questions". Libreboot. Retrieved 2017-05-08.
  3. ^ Griffith, Bruce (2014-11-05). "AMD's binary-only AGESA libraries". Retrieved 2017-05-08.
  4. ^ "AMD x86 SMU firmware analysis" (PDF).

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