AMD has been making the corporate news lately and much of it has not been great to say the least. Today, AMD lost a member of their corporate team, Phil Rogers. Rogers has spent 21 years working with AMD/ATi so his departure is quite surprising. What must be more galling to AMD and their fans is that he left to join Nvidia to be their Chief Software Architect – Compute Server.
Rogers was one of the main driving forces behind AMD’s compute efforts. This was quite evident as he was in charge of System Architecture and Performance at AMD and managing the HSA initiative. He also was part of the HSA Foundation as a vice-president, an area which AMD has been pushing hard on with their APUs. With his departure to Nvidia, it looks like the green team may be looking for his compute experience in general than HSA as Nvidia doesn’t have a CPU heavy focus.
AMD has been bleeding quite a lot of staff lately with some other notable departures, among them Jim Keller. In line with the 5% cut in staff, AMD may have simply cut salaries too deep and Nvidia may have offered more. With Zen and Greenland largely complete, AMD will need to execute their upcoming products in order to survive. Only then will the firm likely have the resources to bring back the talent they have lost.
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