The peripatetic Mark Papermaster has landed again, this time at AMD.
AMD said Wednesday (Oct. 19) that Papermaster has been named chief technology officer along with the title senior vice president. He will oversee AMD’s new Technology and Engineering Group, which includes the chip maker’s R&D and product development activities. The chip industry veteran assumes his latest post on Oct. 24.
Papermaster, 50, has worked for IBM, Apple, where he stayed only 16 months, and, most recently, Cisco Systems. He oversaw silicon engineering at Cisco, including the company’s switching and routing businesses.
AMD said Papermaster will be responsible for “establishing and executing the company’s technology and product roadmaps, integrated hardware and software development and overseeing the creation of all of AMD’s products.”
Papermaster will report to AMD CEO Rory Read.
Chekib Akrout, who currently heads AMD’s advanced R&D team, will report to Papermaster. However, AMD said Akrout would continue to lead its processor core development and SoC design activities.
I had to look up "peripatetic". Thanks for the English lesson. It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog. Mark is a strong guy. The board obviously felt through the personnel exits they made, that the previous direction was wrong. AMD needs strong. Challenging conventional thinking. I believe the computing industry benefits from AMD rising up again. Here's hoping.
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Ever since salesman Sanders days, AMD has been a me-too intellectual dwarf that has depended heavily on IBM and ex IBMers as a crutch - for design ( multi-core processors ) as well as Fabs. Just as AMD Fabs used to look up to IBM Fabs for new nodes, successor Glo Fo still turns on the words of wisdom from IBM - and gets burned " HK Gate first per Meyerson's Mantra at 32 nm then lack of scalability at 28 nm forced them to flip flop to Gate last that Intel had pioneered and had in prod since '07 ). Would be interseting to find out how Glo Fo does w/ its VP R&D hired from failure Moto / Freescale in spite of the $ 1.6 billion in subsidy they have wangled from the taxpayers of NY state.
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