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Advanced Micro Devices recently lost a number of high-profile executives and engineers as a result of restructuring as well as resignations. As a it appears, the company still manages to gather at least some industry veterans with the aim to diversify beyond personal computers. In the recent month AMD managed to recruit two high-profile execs.

In December AMD hired Wayne Meretsky, who once was AMD’s fellow and who also co-authored x86-64 specification and drove x86-64 architecture definition through industry. Mr. Meretsky recently became AMD’s corporate vice president of software development, bringing back years of software-related experience to the company. Previously, Mr. Meretsky helped to develop Apple Mac OS as well as managed AMD's software development organization. He also used to work at PA Semi before it got acquired by Apple.

AMD also managed to hire Charles Matar, an expert in low-power and embedded chip design, who recently worked at Qualcomm, but previously also worked at AMD, reports Reuters news-agency. Mr. Matar became AMD’s vice president of system-on-chip development.

Both hires are considered to be strategic for AMD, which is trying to reduce its dependence on the slowing market of personal computers and reposition itself as a provider of highly integrated solutions for mobile and embedded devices.

The recruitment of highly-skilled executives is clearly a good news for AMD. However, it should be kept in mind that the first products that will be developed by the new employees will only materialize in over a year from now at the earliest.

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Wayne Meretsky was hired early August 2012, according to my online searches. His promotion to VP is recent.
0 0 [Posted by: rektide  | Date: 01/23/13 08:52:43 AM]
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I can assure you it was announced only today and he was not already with AMD in august.

Where did you read that? His Linkedin profile shows it was December 2012, even senior engineering and fellows have probationary periods. Its for both sides to see if the designation is satisfactory and the roles are clear under stood, normal procedure.

The announcement comes after the probation is concluded.
0 0 [Posted by: vanakkuty  | Date: 01/23/13 10:03:23 AM]
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For those who would like to know, both are former AMD.

Charles Matar worked on the K8 back then and Wayne is the co-author of the AMD64 specification. Wayne is also former associate of Jim Keller at P.A Semi.
1 0 [Posted by: vanakkuty  | Date: 01/23/13 10:05:04 AM]
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I was going to ask whether there was a Jim Keller link. Obviously Jim has high regard for them and they work well together.

I have a feeling too they all, including Jim, have a soft spot for AMD in their heart and in a way are doing their service when she is in need.

In rejoining AMD they must hold faith in Rory Read's vision and direction for the future of the company too.

This can only be viewed as positive : )
1 0 [Posted by: JBG  | Date: 01/23/13 07:10:50 PM]
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Indeed
0 0 [Posted by: vanakkuty  | Date: 01/24/13 12:06:57 AM]
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Let's not forget about former Intel engineer John Gustafson! That makes FOUR awesome additions to the AMD family in a short time.
1 0 [Posted by: bigbrave  | Date: 01/23/13 09:46:26 PM]
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Of course, these guys are some of the high profile personal who get mentioned in the press, there are other guys coming back to AMD who are also playing an important role in owning various IPs and sub IPs. They are the unsung heros for AMD who have come home.
0 0 [Posted by: vanakkuty  | Date: 01/24/13 12:13:03 AM]
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Just hope these guys don't forget about Steamroller and Excavator or I'll have to jump ship to Haswell and Broadwell! (Can't believe I actually said that.)
0 0 [Posted by: bigbrave  | Date: 01/23/13 09:48:41 PM]
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Steamroller is on track, those rumors have been dismissed.

There are some in the industry who like to engage in predatory FUD, it serves them in the stock exchange dealings. They are mostly the sources for some of the press core who reported on Steamroller being cancelled, so on and so forth.

Excavator is also on track.

I'll have to jump ship to Haswell and Broadwell! (Can't believe I actually said that.)


You are just being a practical buyer. Just as it should be
0 0 [Posted by: vanakkuty  | Date: 01/24/13 12:06:40 AM]
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