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Phil Hester  (Source: AMD)
When it rains, it pours in Sunnyvale, CA

Just when you thought it could not get any worse for AMD, someone throws another gallon of gasoline on the fire to stoke the flames. Earlier this week, DailyTech reported that AMD intends to cut 1,600 jobs by year's end to improve its financials.

AMD, which has yet to release its first quarter earnings, issued guidance suggesting that its Q1 revenues will come in 15% lower than the year ago period at about $1.5B USD. AMD experienced losses in every sector of its business and we'll be able to see the full damage report once the official tally is brought down from Sunnyvale, CA.

In the mean time, the company today lost its Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Senior Vice President, Phil Hester. According to AMD's bio on Hester, which has since been removed from the site, he was "responsible for setting the architectural and product strategies and plans for AMD’s microprocessor business." Hester also chaired AMD's Technology Council.

According to MarketWatch, Hester wishes to "pursue other opportunities" in his absence from AMD. Strangely, AMD says that there will be no replacement for Hester at the CTO position.

Hester's departure couldn't have come at a worse time for AMD. AMD is just now trying to gain some traction after shipping B3 Opterons sans the TLB bug that made the news circuits in December 2007.

AMD hopes to push its Opteron and Phenom processors based on a 65nm manufacturing to 2.6GHz by the fall of 2008. 45nm Shanghai processors will have to wait until early 2009 if all things go according to schedule for AMD.

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RE: Someone need to be responsible
By clam1199 on 4/11/2008 2:35:51 PM , Rating: 2
Looks like he is responsible for the fusion project that made amd to acquite ati in 2006 in which all troubles for amd start to break loose. Maybe he's the one that's responsible for the awful mess that amd is currently in afterall?

RE: Someone need to be responsible
By crystal clear on 4/11/2008 4:07:12 PM , Rating: 3
His job responsibilities were-

In his role as global CTO, Hester was responsible for driving AMD's "technical vision and technical directions," and his "primary focus" was the company's so called - accelerated computing initiative - an effort to incorporate specialized third-party silicon into AMD chip platforms.

"[Hester] was not in an engineering position," Prairie told us. "He wasn't driving the day-to-day engineering operations for the company. He and his team were looking out further and helping to set direction and chart a course, with a primary focus on accelerated computing."

The accelerated computing initiative will continue. But the global CTO post will not.

"We don't have plans to continue the position," Prairie said. "Each of our business units had and will continue to maintain their own CTOs. These people are responsible for driving technology forward when it comes to product development, processor roadmaps, etc."

For the most part, the rest of Hester's global CTO team will be sprinkled across these business units. Mike Uhler, AMD's new vice president of accelerated computing, will continue to oversee the initiative, but will now report directly to CEO Hector Ruiz

RE: Someone need to be responsible
By erikejw on 4/11/2008 8:05:03 PM , Rating: 2
What is so bad about that AMD fires some people?
I think it is great. Clearly some of them have underperformed the last years and it is about time some new ones get the chance to turn the ship around.

RE: Someone need to be responsible
By SlyNine on 4/12/2008 10:38:52 PM , Rating: 2
Question is though, are the people that are actully underperforming being fired, More often then not it's who you know, not what you do or what you know.

Not to say that this isnt the case though, we just dont know what happened and its sad we all just assume they just fire the "bad guy".

RE: Someone need to be responsible
By erikejw on 4/13/2008 1:42:49 AM , Rating: 2
I meant the upper management.
There gotta be 4-5 top people that have been kicked now.

You are right about the lower levels.
It is who you know etc.

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