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Nvidia's Top Mobile Business Exec Mike Rayfield Resigns

Nvidia has confirmed that Mike Rayfield, vice president and general manager of the company's Mobile business unit, has resigned. His departure will was effective on August 24.

There was no further information other than Rayfield will be taking on a role at "another company". No announcement about this new role has been made and Rayfield's LinkedIn profile still stated his position as "VP/GM Mobile Business Unit" at Nvidia at the time of this writing.

Growing competition among ARM chip makers, in addition to the efforts of Intel and AMD to hold x86 architecture against ARM has turned into a catalyst of a job carousel that has involved Apple, AMD, Intel, Qualcomm, TI, as well as component makers such as Synaptics.

Rayfield joined Nvidia in 2005 from Stretch. Prior to that he held executive positions in sales and business development at Texas Instruments, Growth Networks and Cisco.

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  • dalethepcman
    Whats up with all the resignations. OCZ, AMD, and nVidia all loosing top executives today...
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  • Onus
    I'm not sure I see any way nVidia has clearly screwed up in the mobile department; in fact it seems Tegra has been pretty good. I'm guessing he left voluntarily for a fatter paycheck somewhere else.
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  • I grew up with PC's so I know the value of being able to customize and design. But all these companies really need to take a look at Apple. While NVIDIA, AMD, Intel etc create the tech, Apple simply uses it to be creative. If you think about it, its backwards really. How can those who create the technology be subservient to those that use it? Apple should be dependent on those it depends on.
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  • leo2kp
    Maybe they're all going to come together to make a sweet new company.
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  • mousseng
    leo2kpMaybe they're all going to come together to make a sweet new company.Maybe they're members of the Illuminati and are preparing for the end of the world.

    ... No, probably not.
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  • memadmax
    Why, so, seriousa?
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  • LORD_ORION
    dalethepcmanWhats up with all the resignations. OCZ, AMD, and nVidia all loosing top executives today...
    Conspiracy... be their powers combined, Cyrix will launch a new CPU, with integrated GPU and RAM built right in....
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  • master_chen
    Are you friggin' trolling me? Three in a row?
    Either this is a very stupid kind of trolling, or those guys feel that The End of The World is coming closer.
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  • teh_chem
    I'm guessing his "mobile business" participation was in the processor segment (rather than GPU)? I mean, based on his background with TI.

    I'm not enthusiastic about the Tegra platform. It's been over-hyped as a graphical-capable platform, but for general-use, it feels like no one has programed optimally for it (to the point where I think that Nvidia hadn't done enough on the programming-support side). That's my uninformed opinion. :)

    hotsacomanI grew up with PC's so I know the value of being able to customize and design. But all these companies really need to take a look at Apple. While NVIDIA, AMD, Intel etc create the tech, Apple simply uses it to be creative. If you think about it, its backwards really. How can those who create the technology be subservient to those that use it? Apple should be dependent on those it depends on.Apple is a product (and content-providing) company. They might have ARM design engineers employed, but they're a product company first. You can't run an engineering-oriented company like a product company and expect much of anything good. And if companies were run like Apple, we'd still be choked on Pentium 4's, with zero continual progress on the next newer technologies simply because we're dictated that "that's enough for anything you need to do." Thanks but no thanks. Not to mention the fact that Apple cares about dictating what their customers can do with their product, as opposed to the opposite which is necessary for development--listen to what your customers WANT to do. If you understood anything about Apple--pick up the SJ biography and you'll learn a bit--you'll know that it's all about funneling the customer into what Apple wants it to do, rather than allowing the customer to do what they want. You can't run every business with that mindset.
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  • Dupontrocks11
    Oh god I hope to god they are all forming a super company!
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