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Jim Keller Leaves AMD Amidst Zen Architecture Development

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: 10:19PM

Jim Keller, the microprocessor engineer at AMD that held the Chief Architect of Microprocessor Cores title and was involved with the creation of the K7 architecture and served as the lead architect on the K8 architecture, has officially left the company in order to pursue other opportunities. Keller has left AMD in the past, when he went to Apple to help develop the A4 and A5 SoCs, but rejoined the Intel rival in 2012 in order to work on the company’s Zen architecture. An AMD spokesperson noted that "Jim was responsible for overseeing the teams defining the roadmaps for AMD’s CPU cores, systems IP, and server and client SoCs." Despite the strong role that Keller held within AMD, the company revealed that "Jim’s departure is not expected to impact our public product or technology roadmaps, and we remain on track for "Zen" sampling in 2016 with first full year of revenue in 2017."

Mark Papermaster, the Chief Technology Officer for AMD, will take the place of Keller to oversee the continued development of the Zen architecture, which AMD is counting quite heavily on.

Source: HEXUS

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Braegnok on September 19, 2015 12:22

Jim Keller is a true legend in the world of microprocessors,.. the main intrigue now is what's next for him.

ccokeman on September 19, 2015 16:32

The question is why did he leave? Did he not see a future in the brand? Not have the developmental resources he needed? Is his work already done and set for production and getting out while the gettings good? 

Waco on September 19, 2015 20:47
Zen is in validation phase, the main design is done. I bet he got bored. :P
Boinker on September 20, 2015 21:49
That can't be good for AMD. HAve to wonder why the guy left. usually upper high end management do not leave unless there is an issue they cannot fix due to people above them. Or its just an elaborate rues.
Waco on September 21, 2015 02:45
Keller has NEVR stuck around till the launch of a product...
QuackTaztic on September 21, 2015 20:06
lads he has done his job at amd for the next 7 years amd will develop and churn out his cpus keller doesn't stay after he does his job.
DanTheGamer11 on September 22, 2015 13:11

[email protected] & quack ^^ jobs done

Braegnok on October 26, 2015 11:47

Looks like he's landed in Austin Texas at $AM$UNG fab plant,..  http://hexus.net/tech/news/cpu/87524-jim-keller-reportedly-joined-samsung-chief-architect/

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