Radeon Technologies Group head honcho Raja Koduri has officially left AMD. The confirmation comes from the man himself, who wrote a heartfelt letter to the AMD faithful explaining his departure. It was roughly two months ago when Koduri announced he would be taking a three-month sabbatical from AMD for personal reasons.
“Forty is a significant number in history," writes Koduri. "It is a number representing transition, testing and change. I have just spent forty days away from the office going through such a transition. It was an important time with my family, and it also offered me a rare space for reflection. During this time I have come to the extremely difficult conclusion that it is time for me to leave RTG and AMD.
“I will continue to be an ardent fan and user of AMD technologies for both personal and professional use.
“As I mentioned, leaving AMD and RTG has been an extremely difficult decision for me. But I felt it is the right one for me personally at this point. Time will tell. I will be following with great interest the progress you will make over the next several years.
“On a final note, I have asked a lot of you in the last two years. You've always delivered. You've made me successful both personally and professionally, for which I thank you all from the bottom of my heart.”
In one final twist in the tale, the rumour mill is swirling that Raja Koduri is, in fact, jumping ship and joining Intel. This comes from a WCCFTech insider exclusive, although take it with a hefty pinch of salt.
Koduri’s 20 years in the hardware industry have been entirely dedicated to visual and accelerated computing. Namely, graphics cards. If true, this move could send shockwaves through the PC gaming hardware industry.
Intel recently announced it would utilise AMD Radeon graphics chips on its upcoming Kaby Lake G CPUs, as well as onboard HBM memory. Koduri’s experience with both of these technologies could prove invaluable, and it would make for a powerful partnership. It’s pure conjecture, but it can’t be a coincidence that Koduri announced his departure from AMD the day after the Intel and AMD partnership was announced.
A lot of faith is evidently being placed into heterogenous design, almost assuredly at the expense of Nvidia. This would be an effort from Intel to step up competition against the green giant. The two have previously been preoccupied with very different markets, but as interposer design advances their paths will inevitably cross.
A changing of the guard then, but what do you think this means for the trio of AMD, Intel and Nvidia?