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AMD Zen CPU architect Jim Keller becomes an SVP at Intel

by Mark Tyson on 26 April 2018, 12:31


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Legendary chip architect Jim Keller has joined Intel. According to various reports, Keller has moved on after two years at Tesla, developing self-driving AI processors to join Intel as a Senior Vice President. Fudzilla reports that Keller (pictured below, right) will work alongside Intel SVP Raja Koduri (pictured below, left) and will report to Group President and Chief Engineering Officer Dr Venkata (Murthy) Renduchintala, who in turn reports directly to Intel CEO Brian Krzanich.

It is understood from Fudzilla’s insider sources that “Keller will be working on the hardware engineering part while Koduri will be working on the IP blocks. Raja will make the IP blocks for CPU and GPU while Keller will make the SoC.” Via this teamwork it is reckoned that Intel’s shift from 14nm to 10nm will be given a fillip.

Looking back at Keller’s career it is difficult not to be impressed. He worked on the original Athlon architecture, K7, and then served as a lead architect on K8. Keller later joined Apple to develop the firm’s A4 and A5 SoCs before rejoining AMD in 2012 to spearhead the firm's upcoming Zen architecture. During that most recent period at AMD, and at Apple, Keller worked with Koduri, so it will be interesting to see what the dynamic duo can do for Intel with the resources ‘Chipzilla’ has.

We are left wondering if Keller’s work projects at Tesla have run their course. Very little reached the news wires concerning Keller’s work on automotive AI processing there.

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Old Intel used to hate the man.
He clearly doesn't want to ever become a piece of the furniture at any company he works for, once he's got a product to a stage that the rest of the team can continue without him he leaves to his next venture.
Jim Keller looks just like Ian Beale.
Read more.

I'm trying to think of something witty involving car crashes etc.
More details now on the Intel blog
So, more cores at Intel soon?