Tabajara wrote:I kind of doubt stuff like that...
It's true I'm afraid, big loss for AMD it seems :-
We just got word that Eric Demers, CTO (gfx) at AMD, is leaving AMD. I have known Eric for many years and he will be missed by us here at HardOCP. Godspeed Eric.
No word on a replacement for him as of yet. Worth noting that we have confirmed that Eric is going to neither NVIDIA or Intel. Demers had been with ATI since 2001, and recently moved into the Gfx CTO roll at AMD. We were told that Demers does agree with AMD's current GPU strategy, but is leaving to fulfill other personal goals in his life. Eric's profile reads like a who's who of graphics.
Sr Architect at AMD/ATI - Mgr Architecture team at ATI/AMD - Design manager at ATI - MTS - Graphics designer at ATI - Graphics architect/designer at ArtX - MTS at SGI - MTS at Silicon Graphics, Inc. - MTS at S-MOS (Seiko/Epson) - MTS - Jr Engineer at Matrox Corp
His listed specialties ain't exactly lacking either!
-Graphics core operations and HW implementations
-Integration of graphics core into larger infrastructure, including memory architecture
-Implementing GPGPU support in GPUs
-RTL level design implementations and DV of graphics features
-Design for gaming graphics and multimedia
AMD has sent over an official statement:
" Eric Demers, AMD Corporate Vice President and CTO, Graphics Business Unit, has decided leave AMD to pursue other opportunities.
AMD Chief Technology Officer Mark Papermaster will assume interim responsibility for the Graphics Business Unit CTO role until a replacement is found.
AMD remains fully committed to our critical graphics IP development and discrete GPU products. We have a tremendous depth of talent in our organization, a game plan that is resonating with our customers and our team, and we are continuing to bring graphics-performance-leading products to market. We will attract the right technology leader for this role.
We thank Eric for his contributions to the business and wish him well in his future endeavors.
Senior Manager, Public Relations | Global Communications | AMD
http://www.anandtech.com/show/5538/amds ... he-company
So off to either Nvidia or Intel then...