Jim Keller Leaves AMD, Again

Written by Michael Larabel in AMD on 18 September 2015 at 01:19 PM EDT. 41 Comments
While AMD's forthcoming Zen CPU architecture has high hopes and was made more exciting when Jim Keller joined back AMD to work on its design, this successful CPU designer has left AMD once more.

Jim Keller was responsible for the original Athlon K7 architecture and lead architecture for the K8, back during AMD's glory days. He had left AMD to work for Apple, but had been courted back by AMD in 2012 to start work on Zen.

Today it's being reported that Jim Keller is leaving AMD and his work on Zen to "pursue other opportunities."

Zen succeeds the Excavator (4th gen Bulldozer) and focuses on better per-core performance, will be manufactured at 14nm, and other exciting rumours about Zen have been circulating for months, but Keller leaving the company prior to its launch does raise some red flags. Zen still is reportedly on track for sampling in 2016.

More details via an article over at Hexus.
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