Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Captain of the Itanic jumps ship

INQ reported that an Intel fellow who was the Director of Itanium Circuits and Technology, Sam Naffziger, has jumped ship to AMD. Naffziger joined HP in 1988. Before wasting precious many years on Itanium at HP then Intel, he was a technical lead for HP's PA-RISC. His recent work was on the dual core Montecito Itanium 2 CPU, which was stuck at 130nm process thanks to the wonders of Copy-Exact. More details here.

With his credentials in 64 bit computing, Naffziger should join the ranks of Grand Masters at AMD. Finally, AMD has got top designers from all major 64 bit server camps: DEC Alpha, IBM Power, PowerPC, IBM RS/6000, Sun UltraSparc, PA-RISC and last but not the least, Itanium. Maybe AMD can even pick up some good ideas from Itanic, such as strong FP performance. No other company on earth has such an impressive line of battle.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

It points to AMD producing x86-64bit only (no 32bit) cpus extending the instruction set and picking thru some good bits of Itanic (stonking FPU).

11:26 AM, March 28, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

considering this entire website is devoted to showing how much intel sucks

its somewhat ironic that amd would be interested in intel engineers if their products suck so much

...which, i guess they don't

ergo, proving all your vitriolic ranting about intel is bunk

lighten up buddy, its called competition, and its good for everyone

stop being such a fanboy

7:53 PM, March 29, 2006  
Blogger Sharikou, Ph. D said...

Itanium definitely has some strong points and has made some interesting design choices. But there is also no question that Itanium is pretty much dead, due to lack of software support and performance. However, that doesn't mean we can't take certain parts of it and put them into AMD64. Such a flow of knowledge and technology was not possible at Intel due to its culture. Intel execs lack the technical background to effectively manage its engineering forces. Since Intel execs' weakness in tech, their approach is having several teams attacking the same problem and then choose the best, much like Stalin had two competing generals doing the same campaign. AMD's approach is more collaboration and team work at a higher level.

9:52 PM, March 29, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe you even right in some statements about intel and amd, but that doesn't comment previous post. What is the idea for posting such completely amd fansite. Are you make some money bacause of it or what? Maybe intel corp did something to you or your family

9:57 AM, April 10, 2006  

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