Recently Raja Koduri left AMD and joined Intel to work on new discrete graphics business, however, AMD has not been holding its breath over it and has announced that Mike Rayfield and David Wang will be leading the Radeon group from now on.
AMD has announced that Mike Rayfield is the new Senior Vice President and General Manager of Radeon Technologies Group and David Wang will act as the new Senior Vice President of Engineering.
What it means is that Rayfield will manage the business and strategy side of Radeon Group for AMD which includes dealing with consumer and professional level Graphics card.
As for Wong, he will handle technical strategy, architecture, hardware and software for all AMD graphics cards. According to AMD CEO, Lisa Su:
“Mike and David are industry leaders who bring proven track records of delivering profitable business growth and leadership product roadmaps. We enter 2018 with incredible momentum for our graphics business based on the full set of GPU products we introduced last year for the consumer, professional, and machine learning markets. Under Mike and David’s leadership, I am confident we will continue to grow the footprint of Radeon across the gaming, immersive, and GPU compute markets.”
With Raja leaving AMD, the company has stated that it will not affect the Radeon business at all. However, according to Nvidia, this is a great loss for AMD.
Raja leaving AMD is a great loss for AMD, and it’s a recognition by Intel probably that the GPU is just incredibly important now. The modern GPU is not a graphics accelerator, we just left the letter “G” in there, but these processors are domain-specific parallel accelerators, and they are enormously complex, they are the most complex processors built by anybody on the planet today.
It will interesting to see how Mike Rayfield will be able to overcome the shortages and price hike of GPUs in the market due to cryptocurrency miners. With Nvidia requesting retailers to not sell GPUs to miners, it will be a while before the effects of this request start to show up.