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Jim Mergard made his name during a 16-year stint with AMD

It's been a wild ride for Jim Mergard, a respect name in the chipmaking and processor design industry.  Mr. Mergard enjoyed a successful 16-year stint with Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD), before leaving the chipmaker in late 2011.  According to The Wall Street Journal, Mr. Mergard's specialty was low power systems-on-a-chip (SoCs).  He reportedly was the "brains" behind development of AMD's hot-selling "accelerated processing units", guiding them through the prototype phase.

He joined up with Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (KSC:005930) earlier this year during a recruiting push at Samsung's new chip design and production facilities in Texas.  However, that stint proved short-lived as multiple sources report that he has jumped to the other team -- Samsung's archrival Apple, Inc. (AAPL).

Speculation is running wild regarding whether Mr. Mergard's expertise will be used simply to produce better SoCs for i-devices, or for a more novel project, such as an in-house computer central processing unit.  

For years Apple heavily used and contributed to the PowerPC architecture.  But some suspect it may have second thoughts about switching to Intel Corp. (INTC) chips.  After all, Apple prefers to keep as much of its ecosystem as it can in-house, leaving the rest to anonymous unnamed suppliers.  Intel's desire for prominent branding represents somewhat of a values conflict for Apple.

Jim Mergard
Jim Mergard has joined up with Apple [Image Source: The Tech Journal].

But only time can tell what possibilities might be looming for the new recruit.

For now it's just one more example of Apple's long track record of aggressively poaching its market rival's best talent.  That poaching has led to numerous complaints over the years, but under the new leadership of Tim Cook Apple shows no signs of stopping the aggressive tactic.

Source: WSJ



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RE: Ho hum
By Daemyion on 10/12/2012 11:10:38 PM , Rating: 2
You do realize that he is not _that_ kind of designer?

He designs chips, SoCs specifically... way off topic...


RE: Ho hum
By TakinYourPoints on 10/13/2012 12:35:50 AM , Rating: 2
Look at who made that post. Reading comprehension is not one of his strengths.


RE: Ho hum
By Reclaimer77 on 10/13/2012 1:01:18 AM , Rating: 2
Way horrible reading comprehension. I never said what kind of designer he was, did I? My point was, well, to be honest there was no point. It was just a well done slam on Apple. I hate to use the term "butthurt", because it's so immature. But I can think of no better one for how you and Takin are behaving here over this.


RE: Ho hum
By Cheesew1z69 on 10/13/2012 9:16:29 AM , Rating: 2
The butthurt seems to happen quite a bit with certain people...


RE: Ho hum
By retrospooty on 10/13/2012 11:24:17 AM , Rating: 2
People do tend to get butthurt when you speak negatively (the truth) about Apple.

For example, I am sure when Apple got caught falsifying benchmarks to make them appear faster people like Tony lost sleep trying to figure out how to spin it. And when Apple has issues like the antenna problem and the rat bastard CEO comes out and says "your holding it wrong", its a tough pill to swallow for some that associate themselves with a company. They take victory when Apple has good products that others copy, and ignore the fact that Apple copies almost all of their tech from other companies in the first place. When Apple copied Androids notifications no-one said anything, when Apple finally catches up with the rest of the world and gets a larger screen and 4G, they act as if it's innovative. Ooooh, we now have 5x4 (rows x columns)of icons [the crowd collectively gasps]... I have been using my Droid 3 at 7x5 for well over a year and my GS3 is now at 9x6, but what a win for Apple!!! LOL.

I am sure this post will make a few of them butthurt too... hehe, well that was part of the fun of it.


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