AMD in a press release today has announced appointment of two industry veterans to lead the Radeon Technologies Group going forward.
Mike Rayfield will serve as Senior Vice President and General Manager of RTG. Before joining AMD, he held the position of Senior Vice President and General Manager at Micron Technology’s Mobile Business Unit. Mike will be looking after RTG’s strategy and business management for all sectors of graphics business. It is interesting to note that before working at Micron, Mike worked at rival Nvidia where he was responsible for leading a team that gave birth to Nvidia’s Tegra.
David Wang will be rejoining AMD, as Senior Vice President of Engineering. Wang, who previously worked at Synaptics as Vice President of Systems Silicon Engineering, will be responsible of looking after the technical aspect of AMD’s graphics business. That means looking after architectures, hardware, software, and everything that has to do with graphics solutions from start to finish.
The appointment of the two comes at a very crucial time when AMD’s graphics business is in desperate in need of leadership after Raja Koduri announced his departure from AMD as the head of RTG. Even more, it is an important time for AMD to reflect on their graphics product to better position themselves against the competition.
AMD’s last big GPU architecture “Vega” was highly-anticipated by the market, but it’s late arrival coupled with the fact that Vega graphics cards costs just as much as the competition while requiring significantly more power consumption at similar performance as that of competition’s year old graphics cards, was a disappointing case for many PC enthusiasts. AMD’s next big GPU architecture “Navi” is set to debut sometime in 2019.