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AMD Ryzen Pro Boss Talks ‘Phenomenal’ Lenovo Partnership, H-Series Expansion

Dylan Martin

The head of AMD’s commercial client business talks to CRN about what’s new in the Ryzen Pro 6000 CPUs coming out this year, AMD’s ‘phenomenal’ partnership with Lenovo on the new ThinkPad Z laptops and why Ryzen Pro is expanding to H-series models for mobile workstations.

I wanted to ask about the Pluton security processor from Microsoft. While Microsoft has announced partnerships with Intel, AMD and Qualcomm around this, AMD is the first to use this. Is Pluton embedded on the die of the AMD processor?

It’s integrated into the processor, correct.

From a business customer perspective, why would you say this is an important feature to have alongside what the Ryzen processor is offering?

Great question. When we think about security, security is not a point solution. There is no silver bullet to security. Security is about having defense in depth. It’s about having multiple layers of defense to prevent against numerous different types of attacks that are out there. Pluton is a technology that was originally pioneered in the Xbox. That was something we collaborated on in that space of the business, and frankly, it’s been very, very successful. It’s been very effective, and it serves a number of purposes, both internal to the chip and the OS, where the OS is able to use it as a root of trust, if you will, for a number of things.

But at a platform level, as we move into the PC space, there’s an opportunity there for our partners to use it to drive attestation or other capabilities to improve their security around some of their proprietary security solutions. So I think of it as a really, really great advancement or addition to the existing security stack that we have. It represents a pretty significant innovation. Having it integrated is, of course, another level of security as opposed to having some kind of discrete component on the board as well. So very excited about that innovation.

I think it just continues to show that when it comes to things like security, we’re not just resting on our laurels. We continue to push the innovation, and we’re pushing the innovation across the whole ecosystem. We’re working closely with Microsoft. You can imagine to have something like this integrated into the chip has taken a lot of planning and foresight, and we continue to push in those areas around security.

Does this get rid of the need for a Trusted Platform Module in the system?

What I would say is it has the ability to serve as a TPM solution. We’re not going to dictate to our customers whether or not that is a path that they have to take. So it provides that option for customers or platforms that choose to pursue that path.

Lenovo’s new ThinkPad Z laptops have Pluton. Are there any other new AMD systems this year that will have Pluton?

I can’t talk to the specifics, but there will be other platforms that come to market that have Pluton enabled, and I think that will become a little bit more clear over the next few months.

Dylan Martin

Dylan Martin is a senior editor at CRN covering the semiconductor, PC, mobile device, and IoT beats. He has distinguished his coverage of the semiconductor industry thanks to insightful interviews with CEOs and top executives; scoops and exclusives about product, strategy and personnel changes; and analyses that dig into the why behind the news.   He can be reached at

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