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AMD Gaming Executive Departs, Joins Nvidia

Bob Feldstein, vice president of business development and in charge of AMD's Boston Design Center, has left the company and is joining Nvidia as vice president of technology licensing at Nvidia. During his time at AMD, he was responsible for deals that included the integration of ATI graphics into the Nintendo Wii and Xbox 360. Feldstein is the next in line of several other high profile departures, including John Bruno, Godfrey Cheng, as well as higher level executives that included Rick Bergman and Nigel Dessau.

While Bergman and Dessau are rumored to have been layoffs, and Bruno was accepted as a casualty during the layoff round late last year, key staff such as Cheng and Feldstein went to rivals or moved deeper into the field AMD is trying to reach. Bruno is now at Apple, Bergman is CEO of Synaptics, a developer of human interface solutions. Cheng, formerly a director in AMD's gaming division, is vice president of marketing at Synaptics.

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  • slabbo
    if they are just gutting the management, that's fine. Just don't touch the smart engineers designing the good stuff from the company or they'll go belly up fast!
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  • uglynerdman
    amd is no longer AMD just in name only. crappy products galore. no future in anything. Dont think im a random hater i been a amd fan since k6- phenom. just they fell off and theyre going into a very unprofittable direction also. seeya amd.
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  • sp0nger
    So if they dont want to compete with Intel, and thier changing thier GPU buisness too, where are they planning on finding revenue? Don't they primarily do CPU/GPU? While i dont think Nvidia is challenging them on the budget GPU side of things too much Intel definitely is with thier budget CPU's.

    in the words of p'diddy
    They need to think that stream, they need to thinkin it the f' up
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  • sp0nger
    Actually, Nvidia has done a good job at putting pressure on AMD with thier lower cost GPU's too so maybe AMD is all around F'd
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  • dayblade
    yeah - if you see their stock price today - they have been on downward slope all summer. Not good as I too have been a fan since the K6-III days. They have been solid products up until the tablet/mobile phone craze - and now AMD seems to have lost their way. Really hope the new regime can turn this around but sure seems like alot of their resources are being shown or walking out the door.... :(
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  • dudewitbow
    sp0ngerSo if they dont want to compete with Intel, and thier changing thier GPU buisness too, where are they planning on finding revenue? Don't they primarily do CPU/GPU? While i dont think Nvidia is challenging them on the budget GPU side of things too much Intel definitely is with thier budget CPU's. in the words of p'diddyThey need to think that stream, they need to thinkin it the f' uptheir attention is making affordable chips in a non normal environment outside of gaming, like powering up screens on things like casinos and such rather than push for the fastest everything.
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  • teh_chem
    Was AMD officially selected as the gpu provider for the next xbox and nintendo consoles? I remember reading "rumors" but I can't recall if they were confirmed.

    Interesting that this guy went from the director of the gaming division at AMD to the VP of tech licensing.
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  • dudewitbow
    teh_chemWas AMD officially selected as the gpu provider for the next xbox and nintendo consoles? I remember reading "rumors" but I can't recall if they were confirmed.Interesting that this guy went from the director of the gaming division at AMD to the VP of tech licensing.
    for the WiiU, its most likely going to be an amd card(whether if its based of a 4870 or 6770 rumor i still dont know), for the other 2, they are still under the hood about how its actually going to turn out and nothing is totally official as they still have years before their release as nintendo has to prep for a holiday season during November release.
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  • airborne11b
    I agree with Otacon72. The engineers failed. AMD used to be amazing and competitive back in the slocket days! Now they are a joke. They haven't made a decent CPU in over 5 years now, maybe longer. Their GPUs are decent enough, but you can get a better performing, better supported Nvidia GPU for $30 to $50 less than AMD's offerings... The engineers should have been fired a long time ago.

    And for those who missed the memo, AMD CEO called it quits months ago. Said they were going to "redirect" their focus on low-end market and stop trying to compete with intel in the enthusiast / high end market.
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  • gilgamex
    uglynerdmanamd is no longer AMD just in name only. crappy products galore. no future in anything. Dont think im a random hater i been a amd fan since k6- phenom. just they fell off and theyre going into a very unprofittable direction also. seeya amd.
    You must be a random hater because the entire 4000, 5000, 6000 & 7000 series of graphics cards must have completely gone over your head. You could argue Nvidia would eventually top them or be a bit better from the getgo, but they are fantastic cards for their day. A 4870 was a value steal, 5870 held the crown for a solid amount of time and the following 6-7 series were always competitive in most all price ranges.
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