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AMD Zen & Athlon64 CPU Architect Jim Keller Now At Intel, Something Big In The Works

AMD Zen has been very successful since it came out last year and we have seen great interest in the new AMD Ryzen 2000 series CPUs as well. CPU Architect Jim Keller that worked on both AMD Zen, as well as Athlon64, has now gone to Intel which indicates that the company is working on something big to bring to market in the coming years.

Update: Jim Keller will be joining Intel as a senior vice president and he will be leading the companies silicon engineering. According to the official Intel news release:

“Jim is one of the most respected microarchitecture design visionaries in the industry, and the latest example of top technical talent to join Intel,” said Dr. Murthy Renduchintala, Intel’s chief engineering officer and group president of the Technology, Systems Architecture & Client Group (TSCG). “We have embarked on exciting initiatives to fundamentally change the way we build the silicon as we enter the world of heterogeneous process and architectures. Jim joining us will help accelerate this transformation.”

Jim Keller worked on getting the Athlon64 CPU to the market and it was one of the most successful CPUs of its time. It was also one of the CPUs that helped AMD stick it to Intel. He later went on to work on the AI chips at Apple and came back to AMD to work on the AMD Zen architecture which has taken off today.

AMD Zen has made a reputation for itself over the last year since it first came out and you can see that CPU Architect Jim Keller can work some serious magic. He did later leave AMD in 2015 in order to join Tesla but now he will be joining Intel. We all know that Intel has a huge pool of talented individuals and adding to that Intel did recently bring former AMD Radeon head Raja Koduri on board as well.

Former Radeon head Raja Koduri is now working on discrete graphics solutions for Intel and we have been hearing about it for the past couple of weeks. This graphics solution should have the potential to take on both AMD and Nvidia in the graphics space. Till now AMD has been the only company that has been working in both the CPU space as well as the graphics space but that could change in the near future. In regards to all this keller had to say the following:

“I had a great experience working at Tesla, learned a lot, and look forward to all the great technology coming from Tesla in the future. My lifelong passion has been developing the world’s best silicon products. The world will be a very different place in the next decade as a result of where computing is headed. I am excited to join the Intel team to build the future of CPUs, GPUs, accelerators and other products for the data-centric computing era.”

While we are on the topic of AMD, the marketing team has been very aggressive ever since Nvidia GeForce partner Program came out and there is research that claims that more than 50% gamers use AMD Radeon graphics which makes AMD the number one gaming platform. We have also been getting reports that the PS5 will feature AMD Zen cores and Navi graphics.

This goes to show that competition is great for the consumer at the end of the day. Intel had been asleep all this time and only introduced marginal updates each generation but now that AMD is back and has introduced extra cores and threads, it has forced Intel to work on other things. It should be interesting to see what Intel has to offer in the future but it is safe to assume that these products will not be coming out this year

We will let you know more about what Jim Keller will be working on at Intel and the future products that you can expect to see. Stay tuned to SegmentNext in order to learn more.