Jim Keller, Former Lead Designer of the AMD Zen, Joins Intel

One of the best minds in the computer hardware industry is now working for Intel. Former AMD Zen lead designer Jim Keller has left Tesla for Intel. He joins Intel as a senior vice president and will lead the company’s silicon engineering; this includes system-on-chip development and integration.

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“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,” says Keller.

“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,” says Dr Murthy Renduchintala, Intel’s chief engineering officer and group president of the company’s Technology, Systems Architecture & Client Group (TSCG).

Jim Keller had been working for Tesla since 2015, his most recent project being the Autopilot autonomous driving program. He was also the vice president of low voltage hardware at Tesla. According to reports, Keller’s last day at Tesla was 25 April.

Keller has over 20 years of experience in x86 and ARM-based microarchitecture design. One of his most famous achievements is breaking the 1GHz chip-speed barrier with AMD, beating Intel to the feat. After working with other tech giants including Apple, he returned to AMD in 2012 to design the Zen microarchitecture; this eventually became the Ryzen line, announced back in February 2017.

(Source: The Inquirer)

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