Monday, April 22nd 2013

AMD Welcomes Raja Koduri as Corporate Vice President, Visual Computing

AMD today announced that Raja Koduri, 44, has rejoined the company as corporate vice president, Visual Computing, reporting to Mark Papermaster, senior vice president and chief technology officer. In his new role, Koduri will have overall responsibility for driving AMD's innovation in visual and accelerated computing.

"Maintaining AMD's position as a leader in visual computing is the key to our long-term success. As one of the industry's foremost experts in developing leading-edge visual computing solutions, Raja brings exceptional vision and strength to AMD's world-class engineering leadership team," said Papermaster. "Given his past record of success, Raja will help AMD lead the way in visual and accelerated computing and ensure we continue developing the industry-leading graphics IP that forms the foundation for our future growth."

Koduri brings 20 years of hands-on experience advancing the visual computing experience, from application software programming to GPU design. During his career, he has led engineering teams toward development and shipment of products in graphics hardware, graphics software, parallel languages and power management.

Koduri was most recently director of graphics architecture at Apple Inc., where he spearheaded developing the performance, quality, programmability and power-saving features in the company's renowned graphics processor roadmap and had an impact on the graphics roadmap of the entire industry. Prior to Apple, Koduri served in a range of graphics leadership roles at AMD and formerly at ATI. He led the Graphics Products Group as chief technology officer, and during his tenure drove leadership GPU performance initiatives in hardware and software, created the GPU computing domain and made several hands-on contributions to graphics quality and programmability features.

Koduri is the latest example of world-class processor engineering and design talent to join AMD as the company continues to expand its technical talent and IP portfolio to attack growth opportunities in adjacent markets. Notable recent hires include: Charles Matar, corporate vice president of SoC Development, who joined AMD from Qualcomm; Wayne Meretsky, corporate vice president of Software IP Development, a former Apple and P.A. Semi veteran; and Jim Keller, chief architect of Microprocessor Cores, a noted computer architect who joined AMD from Apple.

Koduri holds a Master of Technology degree in electronics and communications from IIT Kharagpur, India.
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8 Comments on AMD Welcomes Raja Koduri as Corporate Vice President, Visual Computing

#1
ensabrenoir
.....wonder if this is let go and hire back at lower benefits strategy.... like they sell and then lease from the buyer their buildings
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RCoon
Gaming Moderator
by: ensabrenoir
.....wonder if this is let go and hire back at lower benefits strategy.... like they sell and then lease from the buyer their buildings
Seems like he was let go a long time ago (ATi). Let's hope he doesnt bring Apple pricing strategies to the table...
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#3
okidna
The Return of the "King" Koduri :D

Raja means king in Indonesian and other Asian languages (Malay, Sanskrit/Indian, etc.) :D
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Aditya
by: okidna
The Return of the "King" Koduri :D

Raja means king in Indonesian and other Asian languages (Malay, Sanskrit/Indian, etc.) :D
Yeah,that is indeed an Indian guy's name.But why'd you infer that?:laugh:
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#5
cadaveca
My name is Dave
by: Aditya
Yeah,that is indeed an Indian guy's name.But why'd you infer that?:laugh:
He's pretty well respected. Seriously, for some, his name is very very fitting.
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Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
by: cadaveca
He's pretty well respected. Seriously, for some, his name is very very fitting.
I have no idea what he has done in the past (and I don't really care either) but a lot of people are excited about this. Also, didn't they take back another guy who did something else for quite some time?

Regardless, I think AMD is on the right track. Now bring out some good marketing. :)
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#7
BiggieShady
As great as Raja is, I just hope he manages to round up decent engineering team after all those layoffs at AMD.
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#8
okidna
by: Frick
I have no idea what he has done in the past (and I don't really care either) but a lot of people are excited about this. Also, didn't they take back another guy who did something else for quite some time?

Regardless, I think AMD is on the right track. Now bring out some good marketing. :)
Raja Koduri is the man behind the successful Radeon 5000 series (and probably also 4000 series) which he designed before he left AMD to Apple back in 2009. Also he's the one who won over XBOX 360 GPU deal for ATI (beating NVIDIA) and last but not least he's the man behind Apple's retina display.

The other guy? You mean Jim Keller? The "father" of K8 :D

I remember reading somewhere else about the real reason why Mr. Koduri left AMD/ATI back in 2009. He said that at that time the company (ATI) acted, behaved, and managed like they're "10 times bigger company", and now when AMD is smaller, more compact, and agile, he decided to come back.

Oh and also AMD is the only one who let him works on his side project, a Pixar-like company he built back in India.
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