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Intel snatches Raja Koduri after AMD exit

Chipmaker outlines wide GPU vision and forms new business group

Intel snatches Raja Koduri after AMD exit
Koduri brings to Intel more than 25 years of experience in visual and accelerated computing.

Following his exit from AMD, Raja Koduri has found work at Intel, heading a newly formed division called the Core and Visual Computing Group. This new group's purpose is to develop new Intel high-end discrete graphics cards.

The news comes less than 24 hours after AMD confirmed Koduri's departure, and many speculated what would be next for the former AMD GPU figurehead.

With Intel's recent shocking announcement of Kaby Lake-H chips featuring AMD GPUs, the idea that Koduri would be trading in his red shirt for a blue one wasn't out of the realm of possibility. Now, Intel has confirmed that Koduri would indeed be joining the company in its quest to drive its iGPU and discrete GPU segments.

"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," said Dr. Murthy Renduchintala, Intel's chief engineering officer and group president of the Client and Internet of Things Businesses and System Architecture.

"We have exciting plans to aggressively expand our computing and graphics capabilities and build on our very strong and broad differentiated IP foundation. With Raja at the helm of our Core and Visual Computing Group, we will add to our portfolio of unmatched capabilities, advance our strategy to lead in computing and graphics, and ultimately be the driving force of the data revolution."

Koduri brings to Intel more than 25 years of experience in visual and accelerated computing advances across a broad range of platforms, including PCs, game consoles, professional workstations and consumer devices.

"I have admired Intel as a technology leader and have had fruitful collaborations with the company over the years," Koduri said. "I am incredibly excited to join the Intel team and have the opportunity to drive a unified architecture vision across its world-leading IP portfolio that help's accelerate the data revolution."

Koduri joins Intel from rival AMD, where he most recently served as senior vice president and chief architect of the Radeon Technologies Group.

Prior to AMD, Koduri served as director of graphics architecture at Apple Inc, where he helped establish a leadership graphics sub-system for the Mac product family and led the transition to Retina computer displays.

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