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AMD Radeon Hires a Guy Who Looks like He Means Business

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Posted January 26, 2018 by Josh Jackson in Graphics

Alright guys. It’s time to just admit it. Vega was a huge disappointment. Don’t get me wrong! It clearly has a very strong place in the crypto currency business, but many of us were hoping for something that would at least be close-ish competition to the 1080 Ti and instead we got something that only barely makes a case against the 1080. Add to that the somewhat duplicitous way that Raja ended tenure with Radeon before landing at Intel and you have all the makings of serious concern for the future of AMD graphics. On the other hand, AMD just announced two additions to the Radeon team and the vice president of engineering has a face that says he came to compete and chew bubble gum, and he’s all out of bubble gum!

David Wang is the aforementioned vice president of engineering and he has more than 25 years of graphics experience. He’s actually returning to AMD from having worked for Synaptics. The other hire to RTG is Mike Rayfield. Admittedly, Mike looks to be a lot more friendlier, but as a senior vice president, I’m sure he’ll have more to do with the big picture of the RTG direction while handling a big portion of the public interaction. He has over 30 years of tech industry experience and is rejoining AMD as well, coming back to the company from Micron. The experience sounds great for the future of RTG, but as always we’ll only know how well the changes work when one of their products are released.

Just to clarify, I understand that there is no way you can make any reasonable judgement based on a guys profile picture. It doesn’t change the fact though that I like the hard-core determination look I saw from David. If this was an 80s movie, I know he’d at the very least take out 150 guys before going down, just saying. In the end, I really hope that the team is able to quickly execute some large improvements that make Navi, the next GPU release on the roadmap, a far more competitive one in gaming.


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