AMD CPU hero Jim Keller leaving Tesla to join Intel Jim Keller, the brain behind Athlon and Ryzen, is leaving Tesla for Intel
Jim Keller is best known as the chip architect behind Athlon and the smash hit Ryzen CPUs for AMD, who joined Tesla to look over their Autopilot self-driving technology back in 2015. Well, he's leaving and he's joining Team Blue.
According to my industry sources Keller will be announcing he's joining Intel in the morning, with Intel securing another important ex-AMD staffer that will work closely with Raja Koduri, who left AMD as the boss of Radeon Technologies Group. Tesla very quietly hired Keller from AMD in 2016 after he was finished with the Ryzen architecture. Keller was the brains behind Athlon when theGHz race between AMD and Intel was in full swing, and then he came back again to develop Ryzen. So we have Keller making a processor that had a higher frequency than Intel to beat them, left to join AMD when they made Ryzen which hurt Intel in the multi-threaded race on the consumer side of things, and now back to Intel.