Tuesday, November 7th 2017

AMD Confirms Raja Koduri's Departure, CEO Lisa Su Interim RTG Head

AMD late Tuesday confirmed the departure of Raja Koduri as head of the company's Radeon Technologies Group (RTG). Koduri had been on a "sabbatical" since September. Company CEO Lisa Su, who has been directly heading RTG, will continue to do so, until a replacement is found. AMD in its statement confirming Koduri's departure, assured all concerned (particularly investors), that there will be no change in the group's plans and the strategic direction in which it's heading.

"Earlier today, we announced two unrelated updates for our Radeon Technologies Group: 1) Raja Koduri has decided to leave AMD and 2) we are taking the next steps in our work to strengthen RTG by further focusing the organization on key growth areas," said Drew Prairie from corporate communications at AMD. "I wanted to also make sure you understood these updates do not impact our plans or the strategic direction we are driving our graphics business," he continued.
"We appreciate the contributions Raja has made helping establish our dedicated graphics focus and strong team that is capable of accomplishing the ambitious goals we have set for this part of our business. Also want to make sure it is clear that there are no changes to our public product or technology graphics roadmaps, and we remain on track to deliver on our commitments in 2018 and beyond. Lisa will continue to lead RTG on an interim basis while we complete our search for a new leader.

We have made significant progress across AMD these past two years delivering the first wave of our high-performance products, best exemplified by our improved financial performance and year-over-year market share gains across all of our client, graphics and server products. Today's changes are designed to allow us to better take advantage of the significant growth opportunities in front of us."Source: Tom's Hardware
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24 Comments on AMD Confirms Raja Koduri's Departure, CEO Lisa Su Interim RTG Head

#1
ShurikN
Cmon Lisa, make Radeon great again
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#3
Assimilator
TheLostSwede said:
I'll throw this in here too. The rumour is that he's going to Intel, but the source isn't exactly the most trustworthy...
https://wccftech.com/exclusive-raja-koduri-will-seeking-new-horizons-intel/
Would make complete sense given the recent graphics alliance between AMD and Intel; would also lead credence to the theory that Intel will try to buy RTG outright in the (maybe near?) future.

On the flipside, maybe Raja was against the Intel/AMD graphics partnership, and Vega's less-than-optimal performance was the cherry on the cake that got him pushed out.
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#4
eidairaman1
The Exiled Airman
So why would AMD would want to compete against themselves by working with intel on an iGPU (APU) for intel?
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#5
JalleR
eidairaman1 said:
So why would AMD would want to compete against themselves by working with intel on an iGPU (APU) for intel?
Money.......

This was in the cards when he took Q4 off....
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#6
Vayra86
Predictable. His next move will be more interesting news than him leaving RTG. RTG is definitely going somewhere in due time
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#9
uuuaaaaaa
Assimilator said:
Congratulations on not reading the thread and posting what @TheLostSwede already has.
I was just replying to another user who failed to read the thread... In fact I copy pasted his link ;)
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#10
RejZoR
While people are eager to blame Raja for the delays and "failures" to deliver with RX Vega, reading his words make me feel like he was pissed off by limitations he had during production of the chips. Which kinda explains all the frustrations he poured out in the end and how he jumped to Intel where we can all be assured he wont' have any limitations or stupid nonsense that would be holding him back. And I'm also aware that blaming Radeon problems entirely on him is disingenuous. There are always more factors involved, it's never just one person. It's interaction with teams, financial constraints, fab issues where AMD is tying itself to Global Foundries and their problems and so on. It's never just one thing, it's always a group of things. I'm confident that a lot of them won't exist under Intel because it's just so much better financially situated and their own fabs always run at peak operation. Just these two factors alone were biggest contributors to many Radeon failures or just issues. That's just a fact.

I just wonder who will take over RTG operations now and how will this affect Radeon products. Will it turn a new page by changing the leadership or will it go even worse. I guess only time will tell.
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#11
pky
eidairaman1 said:
So why would AMD would want to compete against themselves by working with intel on an iGPU (APU) for intel?
They aren't really competing with themselves. AMD's APUs and the Intel+Radeon MCM don't have as much common ground as you might think. The APUs integrate the GPU directly inside the CPU package itself, while the MCM is, as its name implies, a multi-chip-module - meaning the CPU and GPU chips are separate (same as current laptops with dedicated GPUs), it's just that the CPU and GPU are fitted into one module to save space, instead of at different parts of the laptop's motherboard. And, of course, there's some EMIB mumbo-jumbo for faster data transfer between the CPU and GPU. Also, the MCM utilizes higher class GPUs, so it's not really competing with the APUs in performance either.
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#12
Vya Domus
eidairaman1 said:
So why would AMD would want to compete against themselves by working with intel on an iGPU (APU) for intel?
AMD were unfortunately close to nonexistent in the mobile space for the last few years. That's actually the market that gave Intel and Nvidia so much market share during this time. Although not ideal this will most likely give them a secure and constant stream of money as well as market share.

RejZoR said:
While people are eager to blame Raja for the delays and "failures" to deliver with RX Vega
People still live in denial. Vega turned out exactly how how AMD wanted it to.
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#13
Th3pwn3r
What a shocker, NOT. So many people called this here on TPU.
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#14
EarthDog
Vya Domus said:
People still live in denial. Vega turned out exactly how how AMD wanted it to
You think? Huh...

Judging from how close it is to being topped out by how much power it uses at stock and the meager overclocking headroom, somehow i dont think this was the intended target. I could be wrong though. :)
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Vya Domus
EarthDog said:
You think? Huh...

Judging from how close it is to being topped out by how much power it uses at stock and the meager overclocking headroom, somehow i dont think this was the intended target. I could be wrong though. :)
Ya'll going to be annoyed by this yet again but here we go : Vega is not a gaming card , not entirely or rather not the gaming card fanboys wanted.

Judging it as if it were one may lead to it looking like a failure to you a consumer but not to AMD . They got the compute card they wanted and the efficient and scalable product that enabled them to make a partnership with Intel which let go of their own product and basically admitted that their GPUs are rubbish.
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#16
EarthDog
AMD... always looking forward (to next gen). :)
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#18
ZoneDymo
Th3pwn3r said:
What a shocker, NOT. So many people called this here on TPU.
well yeah, I can guarantee that anybody will leave whatever company they are working for at some point.
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#19
HD64G
A mutual agreement to not fire such an important person and not ruin the relationship between both sides made up at first this fake "sabbatical" and now the retirement letter. Those disisions are older, possibly from the fiasco with Vega not existing availability, high manufacturing costs and the Vega 64 not performing how it should be, mostly by constrains in memory bandwidth and higher than needed voltage that caused unstable clocks. Vega 56 is great and Vega 64 when tuned isn't bad. The status of Vega's market presence wasn't as good as it could be if they had taken care of those factors mentioned imho. I can recognize though that for the almost non-existent R&D budget they had, RTG did well with Polaris initially and with especially Vega's arch being good for all uses but not exceptional until drivers mature and features get enabled. Let's see the Raja's successor now.
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#20
EarthDog
ZoneDymo said:
well yeah, I can guarantee that anybody will leave whatever company they are working for at some point.
The point that was missed here....... he was talking about that mention in a thread, not generically speaking 'everyone will leave their job'. THere were a few who truly believed he was coming back to AMD from his "sabbatical". ;)
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#21
thesmokingman
He's leaving because apparently he's going to Intel. I wonder now what Blue and Red have up their sleeves?
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#23
Th3pwn3r
ZoneDymo said:
well yeah, I can guarantee that anybody will leave whatever company they are working for at some point.
Some people die while being employed so if you consider that leaving.
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