AMD has just announced that it has brought on board chip veterans Mike Rayfield and David Wang. Rayfield will be assuming the role of SVP and GM of AMD Radeon Technologies Group (RTG), while Wang will be SVP of engineering for RTG.
The duo will have large shoe to fill not only because they will be following in the footsteps of the man who brought RTG back from the brink of death, but also because they will be competing against that same person now.
Former RTG head Raja Koduri left AMD late last year to join rival Intel and is now heading Intel’s discrete graphics division.
The duo, however, both come highly experienced, with Rayfield joining AMD from Micron Technology. Under Rayfield’s leadership, Micron’s mobile business achieved significant revenue growth and improved profitability. Prior to Micron, Rayfield served as general manager of the Mobile Business Unit at Nvidia, where he led the team that created Tegra.
Wang on the other hand is not a stranger and rejoins AMD from Synaptics, where he was senior vice president of Systems Silicon Engineering responsible for silicon systems development of Synaptics products. In his previous tenure at AMD, Wang was responsible for SOC development of AMD processor products, including GPUs, CPUs, and APUs.
Rayfield will be responsible for all aspects of strategy and business management for AMD’s graphics business including consumer graphics, professional graphics, and semi-custom products. Wang will be responsible for all aspects of graphics engineering, including the technical strategy, architecture, hardware, and software for AMD graphics products and technologies.