AMD Loses Chief Engineer Michael Goddard to Samsung

The next in line is Michael Goddard, who was corporate vice president of product design and chief engineer at the company until December. Goddard joined AMD in 1988 and is now employed by Samsung and holds the position of vice president and chief system architect.

Goddard reportedly was close with former AMD CEO Dirk Meyer, who was let go in 2011 and the first of more than 20 executives that have left AMD so far. Other high profile executives that departed AMD include CFO Thomas Seifert, CMO Nigel Dessau, COO Bob Rivet, CSO Emilio Ghilardi, graphics CTO Eric Demers, SVP Marty Seyer, corporate VP David Wang, chief engineer Jim Mergard, corporate VP Pat Moorhead, GM Rick Bergman, and GM Chris Cloran.

Media reports suggest that Goddard was not fired, but left AMD voluntarily to accept the position with Samsung, which will compete with AMD in the ARM server SoC market.

 

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  • Hope that is not the leaving of the sinking ship story.
    We need AMD, and ATI if for no other reason than to keep Intel and Nvidia on their toes.
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  • *tears in eyes* RIP AMD. I just hope they get bought before they hit the can completely.
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  • freggoHope that is not the leaving of the sinking ship story.We need AMD, and ATI if for no other reason than to keep Intel and Nvidia on their toes.


    If AMD fails it will likely sell off its CPU assets and just become a graphics only company. I think there is an effort at AMD to get new blood in there and to maybe get the salaries down at the same time. Someone there since 1988 probably had a pretty fat salary.

    Unless the company totally folds, a bankruptcy is not the same as it is for an individual. Think of GM, they didn't totally go out, the bankruptcy allowed them to restructure their debt and change the union contracts so they could have a path to profitability. But unlike GM, AMD wouldn't have the government in the way.

    I've said many times, AMD need to advertise! I have never seen an AMD CPU commercial, even when they had better products. Intel is a household name, AMD is considered an off-brand by many. Can't afford Intel, get AMD, type of thing. If they can do some catching up and succeed in new markets, they desperately need to advertise and let people know who they are.
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  • Hope that is not the leaving of the sinking ship story.
    We need AMD, and ATI if for no other reason than to keep Intel and Nvidia on their toes.
    24
  • *tears in eyes* RIP AMD. I just hope they get bought before they hit the can completely.
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  • ATI separates from AMD, become independent company again

    AMD collapses, sells off everything, Intel becomes bigger.

    Intel owns entire CPU market, f**ks with prices so much, doesn't put as much money into R&D

    New intel products come out slowly and don't ahve a big difference.

    Intel says "Well? Who the hell else you going to use? Tough s**t"

    nVidia slowly makes better and better CPU's in their own quiet corner

    Eventually released a new advanced CPU/GPU,

    nVidia rises, cooks me supper and I go to bed.

    Filet mignon
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