Intel hires former AMD executive to lead discrete GPU development

Shawn Knight

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Another former AMD executive has left the company to work for its rival.

According to a recent report from CRN, Intel has hired Masooma Bhaiwala to lead its discrete GPU division which is expected to launch its first products in 2020. In speaking to the publication, Bhaiwala said her official title is vice president of discrete GPU SoCs.

All told, she has more than 27 years of experience in building silicon, her profile notes.

This isn’t the first time Intel has poached key talent from its archenemy. In late 2017, Radeon Technologies Group chief Raja Koduri abruptly left AMD and was hired by Intel just one day later. Since that time, several AMD vets have also jumped ship according to CRN.

Intel shared some of its early designs for discrete graphics cards earlier this year. Unfortunately, we still don’t have any detailed specs regarding the cards but those will likely come down the pipe in the not-too-distant future.

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ShagnWagn

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Being an executive, I would imagine you are far detached from the real inner workings of the technology. You basically pick up buzz words and maybe basic concepts. At least from my experience of corporate executives in several different industries. Am I missing something here? /shrug
 

neeyik

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If one assumes that Bhaiwala's LinkedIn profile is accurate, then her degree in Electrical Engineering, Master's Degree in Computer Engineering, and 13 years experience of being a logic and architecture designer for DEC and Sun (before moving into design management, and custom APU designs for games consoles with AMD) would strongly suggest that she is more than capable of understanding just a few buzz words related to GPUs.
 

Uncle Al

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A wise business mood .... now if they just give him the freedom to work unencumbered ....
 

ShagnWagn

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If one assumes that Bhaiwala's LinkedIn profile is accurate, then her degree in Electrical Engineering, Master's Degree in Computer Engineering, and 13 years experience of being a logic and architecture designer for DEC and Sun (before moving into design management, and custom APU designs for games consoles with AMD) would strongly suggest that she is more than capable of understanding just a few buzz words related to GPUs.

Ok, so let me rephrase that. Nothing recent. Just because you have degrees years and years ago, and experience from years ago, does not mean you understand current technology. Especially in the video card/computer hardware that changes so rapidly. Just a few years have significant differences and brand new technologies. Such an example is ray tracing. I wonder how much in-depth in the weeds technical knowledge he really has on that. If he has a lot of time invested in that, how much less of an executive role is being used? Hmm.
 

CharmsD

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Just a few years have significant differences and brand new technologies. Such an example is ray tracing. I wonder how much in-depth in the weeds technical knowledge he really has on that. If he has a lot of time invested in that, how much less of an executive role is being used? Hmm.

There's nothing notably difficult to raytracing, the math requirement is vectors, dot products, and cross products.
 

hahahanoobs

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Guess you haven't read the GPU news lately or in the past two decades.

You mean the loss in dGPU market share since 5700 series Navi, the temp issues with 5700 series Navi or the 7nm RX 580 rebrand AND wants to call the 5500X? How about how well the Radeon VII did? Or how reviewers recommended the 980 Ti over the Fury X? How about GCN.....
 

Porkous

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Nothing to worry about. Looking at interviews other publications took recently from both new comers they had at that time. People like these look for challenges and the impact of their work. It just means that at Intel, they might face much more challenges then AMD, or Nvidia has. Anyone wants to start with a clean slate once in a while, and what is most excitingly as having so much experience, and just going with the flow: "live for a cause, or die for one" type of motto. Intel has to prove themselves as the little child in the group.

I think even if they took half of their employees, to exaggerate a bit, AMD could simply hire twice as much, as strength relies in the numbers, but also in a proper system and environment. Most of the breakthrough these days come from universities research and laboratories where the brain storm is happening, seems like there has to be someone to grind and implement.

I would like AMD to employ an ideology more toward... the likes of Samsung or Arm.
 
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ypsylon

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Wouldn't be just more simple and quicker for Intel to buy AMD Radeon division instead chipping away one engineer at a time?

Just thinking out loud. ;)
 

captaincranky

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Are we commenting on the same person? Some are commenting his while others are commenting her....[ ]...
I think "she" hired "him", is the proper gender assignment. But then I can't read, since I used to work for the US Post Office. (**)

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No biggie though, since nowadays they have machines to do it for you.

Ignore all of the above.....Shawn is the person who screwed the gender all up in the article.

The other possibility(s) are that Shawn posted the wrong photo, or "Ms" Bhaiwala is really, really butch, and the mustache is just a stick-on...;) :rolleyes:
 
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mailpup

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The other possibility(s) are that Shawn posted the wrong photo, or "Ms" Bhaiwala is really, really butch, and the mustache is just a stick-on...;) :rolleyes:
The photo is Raja Koduri who is also mentioned in the article. It is a bit confusing though because he is not the main subject of the article.