Monday morning, Intel announced an arrangement with AMD to give a discrete GPU for a future project with Intel SoC. On Tuesday, AMD reported that their main GPU draftsman, Raja Koduri, was leaving the organization. Today, Intel declared that they have employed Raja Koduri to fill in as their GPU chief architect. Raja’s task won’t be small; Intel will build their own top of the line discrete GPUs. Intel said that Koduri will be General Manager of an initiative to drive computer research, which implies Intel needs manmade brainpower and visual registering from the servers for real gadgets.
“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 Murthy Renduchintala, Intel’s chief engineering officer and a group president, in a statement. “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.”
Rajas goal will be to grow Intel’s position in integrated graphics for the PC market, and to move Intel to the top in the discrete graphics chip market. That part will place them in a major rivalry with AMD and Nvidia. Some have wondered if the side-switching will lead to battles in court, as it did between AMD and Intel in the 1990s.
A spokesperson for AMD said: “We have a very strong graphics team and will continue our focus on building great products. We also have industry-leading graphics [intellectual property] IP and, if necessary, will vigorously defend it.”
Koduri has more than 25 years’ experience in visual computing, game consoles, and accelerated computing. “I have admired Intel as a technology leader and have had fruitful collaborations with the company over the years,” he 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 helps accelerate the data revolution.”
Koduri will officially start at Intel in early December.