Friday, December 14th 2018

AMD Radeon Technology Group, Senior VP and General Manager, Mike Rayfield to Resign

AMD's Radeon Technology Group (RTG) continues to be in a state of flux, with another executive leaving the company. This time, RTG General Manager and Senior Vice President, Mike Rayfield (pictured on the left below) will be resigning by year's end, marking the second time in a calendar year the group has been devoid of a formal leader. Rayfield previously worked for NVIDIA as the General Manager of their Tegra business unit, and was Vice President and General Manager of Micron's mobile storage business unit prior to that. Having served in all these roles for quite some time, it is somewhat of a surprise to see him leaving AMD so quickly, having only just joined the company back in February 2018. With that said, AMD has said the reason for this departure is so that he can "spend more time with his family and pursue his personal passions".

David Wang (picture on the right below), the current Senior Vice President of Engineering at RTG, will be his interim successor. He already has a storied history at AMD, having worked on ATI/AMD graphics cards as a GPU engineer from the R300 to GCN 1.0 in a time period ranging from the years 2000 to 2012. Under AMD's dual leadership model which was implemented after Raja Koduri's resignation, both Wang and Rayfield have worked together leading the RTG group. Thanks to this, the transition of duties should be relatively smooth even though Wang's role is only temporary, and it will be interesting to see whom AMD picks as Rayfield's long-term successor.
Source: Anandtech
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32 Comments on AMD Radeon Technology Group, Senior VP and General Manager, Mike Rayfield to Resign

#2
CheapMeat
I ain't even mad. David Wang sounds like the right person and is a true AMD-er.
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#3
Assimilator
"Mike Rayfield joins Intel" announcement in a couple weeks, then.
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#4
dj-electric
RTG is pretty empty these days. It is done. RTG has pretty much re-opened at Intel
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#5
vip3r011
oh so he joining ex rtg at big blue
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#7
Steevo
Cut their losses with people and their shitty architecture and poor implementation. I fail to see the issue here.
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#8
AsRock
TPU addict
CheapMeat said:
I ain't even mad. David Wang sounds like the right person and is a true AMD-er.
Well sounds like it should be him due to the fact that he worked closely with the lead guy. Tell ya what if i was Mr Wang i might be thinking of leaving to, they going put some noob in place of the other guy.

Well gotta be more to this story that's for sure, hey maybe Wang is not interested who knows.
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#10
xkm1948
Next will be David Wang joining Intel. Make the old ATi great again (at Intel)
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#11
Nkd
AsRock said:
Well sounds like it should be him due to the fact that he worked closely with the lead guy. Tell ya what if i was Mr Wang i might be thinking of leaving to, they going put some noob in place of the other guy.

Well gotta be more to this story that's for sure, hey maybe Wang is not interested who knows.
I am not sure, Wang was just placed there by Lisa no? They guy has a chance to rebuild the old ATI and do something good. He has an opportunity to shine here with more budget coming in from Ryzen sales. I think there is a reason he was selected. He may take his place but sometimes people like to be in a place where they have the largest impact..

Read his profile. https://www.amd.com/en/corporate/leadership-david-wang

He is pretty much in charge of the engineering now. It may be he can do both if he wants but sometimes he might love pumping out architectures than being a general manager. If he can do both then great but I don't think they should move him from engineering. They actually needed a clean house after the toxic culture Raja had created at RTG. He wanted to bring RTG to intel, he was all intel for a while it seems and that led to some bad moves.

xkm1948 said:
Next will be David Wang joining Intel. Make the old ATi great again (at Intel)
why? David Wang was just hired. This is the old crew. Let em go. I am sure Lisa wants a clean house anyways. Looks like bad decisions are leaving RTG. Good riddance. I doubt David Wang leaves anytime soon with a chance to build something new with bigger R&D Budget due to Ryzen success.
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#12
Vya Domus
Nkd said:

why?
Because for some bizarre reason everyone is hoping that the same guys that worked for AMD will somehow make miracles happen at Intel.
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#13
eidairaman1
The Exiled Airman
Obviously the last didnt want responsibility
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#14
Steevo
Vya Domus said:
Because for some bizarre reason everyone is hoping that the same guys that worked for AMD will somehow make miracles happen at Intel.
I hope thats it, and its not that years of building GPU's and designing hardware for software that hasn't been developed yet with instructions that may or may not work in a few years due to evolving standards but forced backwards compatibility, while ensuring performance with new hardware and memory interfaces, the total lack of control over process size and yield makes all the difference opposed to just working for company A or B.
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#15
Mistral
AMD's got Wang, nothing to worry about!
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#16
eidairaman1
The Exiled Airman
Mistral said:
AMD's got Wang, nothing to worry about!
:roll::laugh:
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#17
Basard
I wont be happy until everybody in charge of AMD's graphics resigns. It's been a shit show ever since ATI got bought.

I hope they sell the whole damn thing to the lowest bidder and just give up on graphics.

They make damn good CPUs sometimes and buying ATI only RUINED their CPU progress.
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#18
xkm1948
Basard said:
I wont be happy until everybody in charge of AMD's graphics resigns. It's been a shit show ever since ATI got bought.

I hope they sell the whole damn thing to the lowest bidder and just give up on graphics.

They make damn good CPUs sometimes and buying ATI only RUINED their CPU progress.
4870, 5870, 6970 and 7970 were pretty solid GPUs TBH
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#19
rtwjunkie
PC Gaming Enthusiast
Mistral said:
AMD's got Wang, nothing to worry about!
You got Wang!
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#20
oxidized
Steevo said:
Cut their losses with people and their shitty architecture and poor implementation. I fail to see the issue here.
Such as? You forget he joined just back in February.

Nkd said:
David Wang was just hired. This is the old crew. Let em go
Hello?
AMD's Radeon Technology Group (RTG) continues to be in a state of flux, with another executive leaving the company. This time, RTG General Manager and Senior Vice President, Mike Rayfield (pictured on the left below) will be resigning by year's end, marking the second time in a calendar year the group has been devoid of a formal leader. Rayfield previously worked for NVIDIA as the General Manager of their Tegra business unit, and was Vice President and General Manager of Micron's mobile storage business unit prior to that. Having served in all these roles for quite some time, it is somewhat of a surprise to see him leaving AMD so quickly, having only just joined the company back in February 2018. With that said, AMD has said the reason for this departure is so that he can "spend more time with his family and pursue his personal passions".

David Wang (picture on the right below), the current Senior Vice President of Engineering at RTG, will be his interim successor. He already has a storied history at AMD, having worked on ATI/AMD graphics cards as a GPU engineer from the R300 to GCN 1.0 in a time period ranging from the years 2000 to 2012. Under AMD's dual leadership model which was implemented after Raja Koduri's resignation, both Wang and Rayfield have worked together leading the RTG group. Thanks to this, the transition of duties should be relatively smooth even though Wang's role is only temporary, and it will be interesting to see whom AMD picks as Rayfield's long-term successor.
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#22
yeeeeman
Amd accounts just enlarged by one million dollars.
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#23
Imsochobo
xkm1948 said:
4870, 5870, 6970 and 7970 were pretty solid GPUs TBH
290X too was great and it was from then it stopped getting exciting.
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#24
Vayra86
Imsochobo said:
290X too was great and it was from then it stopped getting exciting.
No, 290x was the beginning of the end, showing a GCN that was already pushed beyond healthy limits and far into inefficiency. When you have stock cards doing 90 C+ at normal loads, your shit isn't viable for a future iteration. And we know what came after that.

Note the power consumption of the RX580. It is rapidly moving the same direction again.
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#25
Basard
xkm1948 said:
4870, 5870, 6970 and 7970 were pretty solid GPUs TBH
Youre right, I was drunk lol. I had a 5870 for a while--the super fancy 2GB. It was a hand-me-down though.
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