Radeon head Raja Koduri joins Intel

The past few months have seen a bit of turmoil between Intel and AMD, with upheavals in terms of both technologies and now – people movement. While he was supposedly away from AMD on a sabbatical, Intel has suddenly announced that Raja Koduri, head of the Radeon Technologies Group has joined them as chief architect.

At the Radeon Technologies Group,  Koduri was senior vice president and chief architect of the Group, overseeing all aspects of graphics technologies used in AMD’s APU, discrete GPU, semi-custom and GPU compute products. Prior to AMD, Koduri served as director of graphics architecture at Apple, where he helped establish a leadership graphics sub-system for the Mac product family and led the transition to Retina computer displays.

Koduri’s move will see him as senior vice president of Intel’s newly formed Core and Visual Computing Group, and general manager of a new initiative to drive edge computing solutions. Apparently, Koduri will not only be helping Intel expand their integrated graphics line but also move them into high-end discrete graphics solutions.

Having turned the Radeon Group into a force to be reckoned with in just around two years, it will be interesting to see how quickly Koduri will push Intel into the discreet graphics arena. Intel has long had its own integrated graphics solutions, but those have so far lagged AMD’s APUs.

Raja is one of the most experienced, innovative and respected graphics and system architecture visionaries in the industry and the latest example of top technical talent to join Intel – Dr. Murthy Renduchintala, Intel’s chief engineering officer and group president of the Client and Internet of Things Businesses and System Architecture

According to Renduchintala, Intel is aiming for aggressive expansion of its graphics portfolio and are pinning high hopes on Koduri.

Koduri will officially start in his new role at Intel in early December.

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