AMD hires industry veterans Mike Rayfield and David Wang to lead the Radeon Technologies Group
The technology industry is a fast-moving machine, and that motion is sometimes reflected in the movement of an organization's staff. Two months after the former chief of AMD's Radeon Technologies Group departed the company for greener pastures at Intel, AMD announced the appointment of two industry veterans to lead RTG.
Mike Rayfield, formerly of Micron Technologies and Nvidia, and David Wang, formerly of ATI and Synaptics, have joined the RTG as the general manage and senior vice president of engineering, respectively. Both men will report directly to AMD's CEO Dr. Lisa Su.
Rayfield has over 30 years of experience in the technology industry, specifically in management. He was the general manager for Micron Technology's Mobile Business Unit prior to this appointment. Perhaps more relevant to his new appointment, Rayfield also worked at Nvidia for a time and led the team that developed the company's Tegra line of mobile processors. The Tegra processors beat at the heart of some of the most powerful mobile tech, such as the Nvidia Shield TV, and may even go on to power deep-learning systems and autonomous cars.
Wang, a 25-year IT veteran, worked at Synaptics as a senior vice president of Systems Silicon Engineering. Prior to that position, he worked at AMD where he oversaw SoC development and processor products. Wang had a part to play in the development of SoCs and GPUs for several game consoles and had his hands on every AMD GPU from the R300 family though the HD7000 series.
It's been speculated that these new appointments might have been made to replace Raja Koduri, the former head of the RTG, but these are nothing more than rumors at this point. Looking at Rayfield's and Wang's pedigrees, this might be a push by AMD to branch out of their role as a "value" GPU manufacturer and push further into deep-learning systems that are becoming increasingly reliant on specialized GPUs. Only time will tell what direction the RTG will take under their new leadership, but you can count on AMD refocusing and revitalizing their graphics business in an exciting new capacity.
AMD Press Release (below)