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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 TakinYourPoints on 10/13/2012 11:06:26 PM , Rating: 2
Funny, maybe its the circles I run in but most of the people I know who use Macs tend to be on the higher end of the technical knowledge scale. Software developers, programmers, scientists, artists, etc etc, they all know quite a bit more than the average user who either does data entry, word processing, or browses Facebook.

Hell, none of my friends at Google run Windows, zero, they all use Macs and Linux. Several of my friends at Microsoft use Macs, and I still remember all of the Macbooks at the JPL labs during the Mars rover landing. It makes sense too, OS X is the "Unix that works". There's a lot to be said for having a well supported Unix-based desktop platform with a lot of software on it.

I myself am way more tech oriented than most of the haters here. I ran SLI on my i7 PC for years before going to a single GTX 680, and I've been using SSDs in all of my machines since 2009. I'm pretty sure reclaimer is still playing WoW on a Core 2 Duo or something lame like that.


RE: Ho hum
By retrospooty on 10/14/2012 10:26:10 AM , Rating: 2
pointing out your own accolades and a bunch of people who need to run UNIX for work is nice but it says very little about the average Mac user. Most of them are totally clueless and that's why they buy Macs. Most people the ability to build their own PC wouldn't be caught dead near a Mac or any other OEM PC.

you are throwing out extreme examples to try to disprove a point that you know is true.


RE: Ho hum
By TakinYourPoints on 10/14/2012 3:38:42 PM , Rating: 2
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Most people the ability to build their own PC wouldn't be caught dead near a Mac or any other OEM PC.


Depends. Once you get into laptops then the question isn't so easy given that building a laptop isn't really an option. The majority of Mac sales are laptops. I know loads of people that even if they don't have a Mac desktop, they certainly have a Mac laptop.

Part of the reason is that OS X is an excellent laptop OS, and part of it is pinned on OEMs. Most laptops outside of Lenovos and Macs are trash. Ones that do measure up, HP Elitebooks for example, are so expensive that they make a retina MBP look like a bargain.

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you are throwing out extreme examples to try to disprove a point that you know is true.


Right, because everyone that uses a PC is a super genius and everyone that uses a Mac is an idiot. Please, given that Windows has a majority of the market it can be easily in inferred that that the attributes you pin on the "casual" Mac user is easily applied to the average PC user as well. Hell, most technically illiterate people I know are the ones who need help with their cheap Windows machines because something screwed up or it got infected because they click every GD thing in their browser.

A higher percentage of OS X users actually uses MS Office and other professional software packages than Windows users, but it isn't the first thing I'd bring out in a discussion either. This is obviously because the OS X userbase is so much smaller, thus skewing more professional. Obviously it is a consumer platform as Windows is, but the cost of entry combined with its UNIX underpinnings also means that it'll appeal to more professionals. Hell, most of Apple's customers were workstation professionals back in the PPC days, before Apple focused on being a mass market company.

Either way, I still think that placing a blanket statement like that on respective userbases like that is silly. I know technically proficient people on either platform. I myself am on both. People on message boards insist on taking the discussion there though, which is ridiculous.


RE: Ho hum
By retrospooty on 10/14/2012 5:28:03 PM , Rating: 2
whatever man, you make way too much of a tongue in cheek comment and jump off writing paragraphs about that while ignoring the whole point of this thread. The fact that Apple copies more than they are copy. reclaimer inferred that Apple poaching Samsung employees kind of shows that Samsung has something that Apple wants. Apple poaches a lot of people from Google as well and you know it. They claim they're being copied yet everyone else is coming out with most things first and they're hiring people away from everyone else, which is perfectly fair' they just need to drop the copy falsehood and innovate.

You notice that you are avoiding that like the plague? answer that or STFU


RE: Ho hum
By Reclaimer77 on 10/14/2012 1:45:18 PM , Rating: 1
I haven't played WoW in over a year, and as I stated several times which you keep ignoring, I said the Core2 is but ONE of my machines.

And hey, that Core2 I buil, with LOTS of customizations SSD's and a sweet overclock tuned by yours truly, is still getting it done when I need it today. You apparently have a very narrow view of what being "tech oriented" is all about.

And honestly, you're displaying the typical narcissism and condescension that causes everyone to hate Apple zealots. Listen to yourself, you're more "tech oriented" because you ran SLI early?? That's your measuring stick? Buying stuff makes you 'tech oriented' lol.

I was the first on my block to have a Tandy computer, take that mr 'tech savvy' :P. It was nothing but a glorified all-in-one keyboard you hooked up to a TV and I had to write custom programs to do ANYTHING on it. I mean seriously if that's the argument you want to make, I think a lot of posters here would laugh.

Are you just trying to come off like an asshole, or is that just how you roll all the time?


RE: Ho hum
By TakinYourPoints on 10/14/2012 3:46:05 PM , Rating: 2
Well, yeah, having and fiddling with the latest toys (you're not the only one who overclocks, I got my i7 up to 4ghz easy) on the block does make me more tech oriented. When you mentioned your C2D you sure as heck made it sound like your main rig, anything else I should know about?

With you its either "Mac users are technically ignorant" or "Mac users are narcissistic showing off their cool stuff". Pick one dude, cry some more.

And no, I don't think I'm the a-hole in the discussion; you're the guy who thinks Bill Gates is an idiot and should hoard his fortune. Disgusting.


RE: Ho hum
By Reclaimer77 on 10/14/2012 4:40:34 PM , Rating: 2
Right I see, so you're more tech oriented AND a better person to boot. Anything else I should know? /sarcasm

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And no, I don't think I'm the a-hole in the discussion; you're the guy who thinks Bill Gates is an idiot and should hoard his fortune. Disgusting.


That's bullcrap and you know it. You'll NEVER find me having called Gates an "idiot", ever. I challenge you to find that.

You know what, I don't really need this crap. You get in a hopeless debate with Retro, who has you by the balls, and you keep deflecting it with BS about "Reclaimer this, reclaimer that" as if that's going to pull you out of the hole you're in. Why even bring me up when I'm not even the one you're arguing with? I'll tell you why, it's because you've got nothing else but insults, personal attacks, and straw men. Whatever point you were actually trying to make was blown away long ago.

Last time you got this retarded over Apple you resorted to "trailer park" comments about me, lashed out over how "ignorant" everyone on DT is (despite your continued visitation) and stormed off in a huff for a few months. Looks like you're repeating that trend now, I just have one request: This time don't come back.


RE: Ho hum
By TakinYourPoints on 10/14/2012 5:42:51 PM , Rating: 2
From a Bill Gates philanthropy thread a few days ago:

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I think it's a great thing what he's doing...lmao okay, I can't even pull that BS off with a straight face. No, it's a big waste of money imo, but whatever, it's his to waste.


You sure don't seem to think Gates is being smart about his fortune, wiping out polio and all that nonsense.

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You get in a hopeless debate with Retro, who has you by the balls


He said that Apple copied Samsung with photo-stitching apps, something that is ridiculous given that other such apps have been on iOS for years prior, and outside of smartphones for long before that. He had nothing by the balls, it was a stupid post and I called him on it.

As for using Apple "inventing" things as an excuse to make that post, that's also ridiculous. "Inventing" things is never the point with Apple. Their significance is in the execution, where their execution on existing technology creates new product categories where others follow. Base technology is one thing, but implementation is just as important. Its been going on for three decades, it isn't just luck.

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Why even bring me up when I'm not even the one you're arguing with?


Because you, along with Swash and Motoman, are among the most extreme examples of idiocy and bad posting here. I don't mind disagreeing with someone at all. I think retrospooty generally makes good posts, but sometimes his emotion pushes him into posts like the ones above. What does bother me is when the ways people use to debate are so broken and based on sensationalism. Fact checking goes out the window and rhetoric takes over.

I also don't recall ever leaving here for a few months. I checked over my post history to be sure and there are no significant gaps. It really is my problem given that the level of writing here is so bad and I really should know better than to participate. Unfortunately DT is on the sidebar of Anandtech, an actual good site that I've been going to for over a decade. Then this happens: http://xkcd.com/386/


RE: Ho hum
By retrospooty on 10/14/2012 6:46:12 PM , Rating: 2
OK' all bs aside. I said that Apple copied panoramic photos from samsung because the Galaxy S 3 just came out and it's the highest selling Android phone it's a direct competitor to the iPhone and now the iPhone came out with the same feature. Nowhere did I say samsung invented it I said apple copied it, that is the point, and that is the point that you refuse to address. Apple copied that, and plenty other tech as well, and copies all the time going back decades... I'm not sure why you're dancing around that subject, is it something you just can't admit too or won't admit too?


RE: Ho hum
By TakinYourPoints on 10/14/2012 10:51:39 PM , Rating: 2
Nope, its just a point that I don't agree with. Panaoramic photo taking has existed for years, and it already existed for years on iOS. Apple doing their own implementation on panoramic photo taking doesn't happen overnight, especially given how long they take to make something. I do not think that Apple put panoramic photo taking into the iPhone 5 because of the Galaxy alone, sorry.

If you want to dodge and turn this into a semantic argument now then I'm not interested.


RE: Ho hum
By retrospooty on 10/14/2012 11:09:57 PM , Rating: 2
right back at'cha buddy


RE: Ho hum
By TakinYourPoints on 10/15/2012 5:58:38 AM , Rating: 2
<3 :)


RE: Ho hum
By Reclaimer77 on 10/15/2012 1:47:36 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
You sure don't seem to think Gates is being smart about his fortune, wiping out polio and all that nonsense.


That's light years from saying "he's an idiot" is it not? Just admit you were using hyperbole and lets move on. This talking point didn't get traction the first time you tried it, and it's not working now either.

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Because you, along with Swash and Motoman, are among the most extreme examples of idiocy and bad posting here.


And you're not? Woooo, we got some serious confirmation bias here.

I love how you bring up Swash. Not because you're wrong about him, but it's just ironic that you use the same exact arguments he does, yet view yourself as being above him as well.

Bad posting? Now it's getting deep. I'm one of the best posters here, bar none :)

Anyway it's been REALLY fun, but there's more important things to discuss. However you did succeed in steering this discussion away from Apple and on to everything and everyone else. So congratulations on that I guess, mission accomplished.


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