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Chip designer Jim Keller has resigned from Intel

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Jim Keller, something of a legend when it comes to chip design has formally resigned from Intel over 'personal reasons'.

If you don't follow AMD / Intel too closely to know any of the specifics, Keller was the lead architect of the AMD K8 and also the original AMD Zen. Keller also worked with Apple, Tesla and most recently joining Intel in 2018 which turned a few heads because they're obviously quite the name.

Yesterday, Intel put out a press statement simply mentioning that Keller had resigned 'effective June 11, 2020, due to personal reasons'. However, Keller will be sticking around as a consultant for six months to assist with any transitions.

Intel also used this time to announce some staffing shifts:

  • Sundari Mitra, the former CEO and founder of NetSpeed Systems and the current leader of Intel’s Configurable Intellectual Property and Chassis Group, will lead a newly created IP Engineering Group focused on developing best-in-class IP.
  • Gene Scuteri, an accomplished engineering leader in the semiconductor industry, will head the Xeon and Networking Engineering Group.
  • Daaman Hejmadi will return to leading the Client Engineering Group focused on system-on-chip (SoC) execution and designing next-generation client, device and chipset products. Hejmadi has over two decades of experience leading teams delivering advanced SoCs both inside and outside of Intel.
  • Navid Shahriari, an experienced Intel leader, will continue to lead the Manufacturing and Product Engineering Group, which is focused on delivering comprehensive pre-production test suites and component debug capabilities to enable high-quality, high-volume manufacturing.

Must come as quite a sting to Intel during a time when they're repeatedly battling against high-profile security problems including Meltdown, Spectre, ZombieLoad and the list goes on with the most recent being CrossTalk which was made public a few days ago.

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Tags: Hardware, Intel
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voidmuppet 12 Jun
Excited to see what he does next.
TheSHEEEP 12 Jun
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Quoting: voidmuppetExcited to see what he does next.
Hoverboards.
elmapul 12 Jun
*personal reasons*
" including Meltdown, Spectre, ZombieLoad "
yeah, we know who did shit back then, lol.

just kidding but we never know...
mao_dze_dun 12 Jun
Quoting: elmapul*personal reasons*
" including Meltdown, Spectre, ZombieLoad "
yeah, we know who did shit back then, lol.

just kidding but we never know...

An internal memo was leaked which shows that he apparently did quit over personal reasons. Sometimes there is nothing to it. Hope everything with him and his family is ok and he just wants to spend more time with them. Pretty sure he should have enough money to retire should he wish it (though he's probably just taking a break).
Ehvis 12 Jun
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Quoting: mao_dze_dun
Quoting: elmapul*personal reasons*
" including Meltdown, Spectre, ZombieLoad "
yeah, we know who did shit back then, lol.

just kidding but we never know...

An internal memo was leaked which shows that he apparently did quit over personal reasons. Sometimes there is nothing to it. Hope everything with him and his family is ok and he just wants to spend more time with them. Pretty sure he should have enough money to retire should he wish it (though he's probably just taking a break).

Besides, it's silly to think that in something as complex as a modern CPU, you could identify a single person to have a major stake in anything related to it.
mrdeathjr 12 Jun
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Last edited by mrdeathjr on 12 June 2020 at 4:54 pm UTC
Alm888 13 Jun
Quoting: EhvisBesides, it's silly to think that in something as complex as a modern CPU, you could identify a single person to have a major stake in anything related to it.
We can (and often are) attribute the success of a modern CPU architecture (like "Zen") to the single person of Jim Keller. So, I see no reasons as to why can't we attribute a failure also.
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