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  • AMD/RTG's Raja Koduri Joins Intel

    Phoronix: AMD/RTG's Raja Koduri Joins Intel

    On Monday Intel announced their upcoming CPU with integrated AMD Vega-class graphics backed by HBM2 memory, on Tuesday Radeon Technologies Group (RTG) head Raja Koduri announced he would be resigning from the company, and now today it's announced he is joining Intel...

    http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...a-Koduri-Intel

  • #2
    Too bad that Intel will now have AMD's graphics knowledge. Legal industrial espionage. What a shame for AMD.

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    • #3
      I wonder who will fill his old shoes at AMD.
      Congrats to Raja Koduri and Intel and it will be interesting to what comes out from this in the future.

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      • #4
        Intel enters the mining business!

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        • #5
          Waaaaaat?

          He takes a "sabbatical" vacation after Vega just to finish off his contract details with Intel ¬¬'

          OTOH, he might work as a bridge between Intel and AMD on this new chip of Intel Core+Vega+HBM2+etc, keeping the relationship close/strong

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          • #6
            What the..? And so soon... :|

            If this wasn't discussed with AMD, it's pretty nasty stuff.

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            • #7
              You know, it's always a bit suspicious whenever someone leaves and immediately joins a competitor, specially when they start to work in a department that competes very directly with the part of the business they used to work in...

              To anyone with an IQ higher than their shoe number it's pretty clear that he was planning on leaving to join intel as he took his sabbatical and didn't intend to return. Companies tend to make employees sign non-compete agreements to prevent competitors from poaching key people intimately familiar with their trade secrets, but it seems like that doesn't apply to people on the executive level.

              Anyone who thinks this may benefit AMD, they're sorely mistaken. Intel doesn't want to be paying for any externally sourced IP. In the past they've had to source graphics IP from Imagination Technologies and low power CPU IP from ARM, but it's always phased out either because they replace it with in-house IP (PowerVR) or they just exit the market completely (ARM). The poaching of this guy basically just comes down to Intel wanting to finally be able to make graphics silicon that can actually compete with AMD and Nvidia, not just supplement them.

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              • #8
                Like rats fleeing a sinking ship…

                I guess he knows what lies ahead for AMD, and we all know their graphics division is in deep trouble.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Yoda2009 View Post
                  Too bad that Intel will now have AMD's graphics knowledge. Legal industrial espionage. What a shame for AMD.
                  I would argue that since there are deals between AMD and Intel on lots of their technologies that AMD have only lost a good engineer and leader.

                  I can see Intel using a lot of AMD IP going into the future (and AMD making bank from it). AMD have been positioning themselves in the semi custom market quite well for many years now, so having Intel as a semi custom partner makes sense.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by L_A_G View Post
                    Anyone who thinks this may benefit AMD, they're sorely mistaken. Intel doesn't want to be paying for any externally sourced IP. In the past they've had to source graphics IP from Imagination Technologies and low power CPU IP from ARM, but it's always phased out either because they replace it with in-house IP (PowerVR) or they just exit the market completely (ARM). The poaching of this guy basically just comes down to Intel wanting to finally be able to make graphics silicon that can actually compete with AMD and Nvidia, not just supplement them.
                    Intel will still need the AMD (or nvidia) graphics patent shield. These 2 companies also have a long history of sharing IP.

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