SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- Advanced Micro Devices Inc. here announced the resignation of the vice president for its Computation Products Group, which handles AMD's microprocessor products. No details were given about the move, except that AMD said Larry Hollatz resigned to pursue other interests.
AMD president Hector de J. Ruiz will serve as the acting head of the group until a successor for Hollatz is named, said the company. An AMD spokesman refused to discuss the resignation, and he said Hollatz was not granting interviews or making comments to the press.
Hollatz's sudden departure leaves raises questions at a time when AMD appeared to be gaining momentum in PC microprocessor sales. The Sunnyvale company this week announced that more than 10 PC makers will offer systems based on its 1.1-GHz Athlon processor, while rival Intel Corp. admitted it was recalling 1.13-GHz Pentium III chips after discovering a glitch (see Aug. 28 story).
Hollatz became the head of AMD's Computation Product Group in 1998 and was responsible for the ramp of Athlon processors into volume production. He also managed Athlon's development when he served as head of AMD's Texas microprocessor unit in Austin. Hollatz joined AMD in 1991 from NCR Corp.
An AMD spokesman said the resignation would have no impact on the firm's Athlon production plans and the introduction of new higher performance versions in the next six months.