Long-time rivals Intel and AMD announced a historic new partnership earlier this week. The companies are teaming up to build a new chip that comes with Intel’s powerful 8th gen processors, and discrete GPUs from AMD. And now, there’s been another development to the story.
AMD’s chief architect, Raja Koduri, is leaving the company to join Intel. Koduri is joining Intel’s new Core and Visual Computing Group, where he will be responsible for building Intel’s own high-end discrete GPUs. Koduri was involved with the development of AMD’s APU, discrete GPU, and other groundbreaking graphics technologies. He was also a director of graphics architecture at Apple in the past.
Only time will tell how the addition of Koduri will help Intel in the GPU business, where the company is miles behind giants like Nvidia and AMD. “Billions of users today enjoy computing experiences powered by Intel’s leading cores and visual computing IP. Going forward under Koduri’s leadership, the company will unify and expand differentiated IP across computing, graphics, media, imaging and machine intelligence capabilities for the client and data center segments, artificial intelligence, and emerging opportunities like edge computing,” the company said in a press release.
Koduri will be joining Intel early next month, just before the launch of the new processor built in partnership with AMD.