Microsoft is one of the partners with whom AMD has been discussing the concept.
AMD stationed one of its senior fellows, Rich Witek, in Redmond, Washington in 2007 to set up an advanced technology lab to pursue the initiative and other future concepts. Witek led development teams for many microprocessors including the StrongARM and Alpha chips at Digital Equipment Corp.
"We cooperated with [Microsoft] successfully on the AMD 64-bit technology and they are ready to go at it again," Moore said.
So far AMD has not engaged its archrival, Intel Corp., which makes the majority of PC processors. Moore praised Intel for its efforts in multi-core design with startups and universities as "good computer science work."
"We are trying to take it one step further and help define heterogeneous platforms," Moore said. "We welcome any and all sides to participate in an open and mutually beneficial environment that creates more opportunities, but I don't go around and pitch this stuff to them specifically yet," he added.
"X86 compatibility is of paramount importance for the foreseeable future," Moore said. "That's where most of the programs and the OS will run, but at some point some jobs will run faster and in a more power-efficient manner on targeted accelerators," he said.
"We are going to go make this happen, and if it feels right to most players, that fact will get back to Intel," he said. "If Intel tried to close this up in some way to favor their products, I trust the ecosystem would cry foul," he added.
Moore supervised the design of AMD's next-generation high performance x86 core, code-named Bulldozer until mid-December when he transitioned into full time work rallying support for new software. "The core design is going along well, well enough to let me roll off to take on this broader initiative," said Moore.