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Old 22nd April 2013, 07:24   #1
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Default The King is Back: Raja Koduri Leaves Apple, Returns to AMD

I remember back when AMDís CTO of the Graphics Product Group, Raja Koduri, first quietly left the company for Apple. This was hot on the heels of Appleís hiring of another AMD GPU CTO, Bob Drebin. At the time (2009) I didnít understand why Apple would want so many smart graphics guys on staff, were they working on their own GPU? Mac OS X was hardly a gaming platform of choice back then so the idea didnít make much sense to me. It turns out that Steve Jobs wanted to surround himself with the absolute best in the business. Today, the impact of the work of folks like Bob Drebin, Raja Koduri, Jim Keller and others is quite evident. Apple tends to ship some of the fastest GPU hardware in the mobile industry, and its work in bringing high-DPI displays to virtually all of its products is unparalleled. Apple also played a huge role in driving the performance of Intelís processor graphics. It turns out, thatís what happens when you hire a bunch of crazy smart GPU folks.
Last year AMD announced it re-hired one of the folks who eventually landed at Apple: CPU architect Jim Keller. Keller was responsible for one of the more memorable AMD CPU architectures, as well as played an unknown role in the development of Appleís own CPU roadmap (Keller likely had a hand in the planning for Swift).

Today, word of another major hire surfaced earlier than expected: Raja Koduri now works at AMD once again. For the past 4 years Raja has been working on all things graphics at Apple, but now thanks to a great offer and a fear of getting too comfortable at Apple, he's back at AMD.
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