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AMD's Rick Hegberg  (Source: AMD)
AMD loses another executive

In late August, DailyTech reported that Henri Richard would leave his position as executive vice president and chief sales and marketing officer for AMD on September 8. Richard had been with the company since 2002 and saw the Sunnyvale, CA-based company go through good times (Opteron successes) and bad times (post ATI acquisition difficulties).

Today, The Wall Street Journal is reporting that another AMD executive is jumping ship. Rick Hegberg, AMD's VP of worldwide sales, is leaving the company although a company representative declined to indicate when the resignation would take place or his prospects afterwards.

Hegberg was a former ATI employee and came to AMD after the 2006 acquisition. Hegberg is also the second former ATI executive to leave AMD -- former ATI CEO Dave Orton left in July.

It's interesting that three key executives are abandoning the company prior to the release of Barcelona. AMD's native quad-core processor family is just around the corner and the company has already announced pricing for the new chips.



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RE: Merger was a Mistake
By DrKlahn on 9/5/2007 1:17:29 PM , Rating: 2
Incorrect on the 7 series. The X1800 was a match for the 7800GTX with AA/AF enabled. The X19xx series was better all around then it's 7xxx counterpart. Only with the R600 series are we seeing ATI falter.


RE: Merger was a Mistake
By maroon1 on 9/5/2007 2:00:31 PM , Rating: 4
First of all, don't forget that 7800GTX came 6 months earlier than X1800

The midrange ATI X1xxx series were worse that than Nvidia midrange 7 series. 7600GT was much faster than X1600XT, and 7600GS was faster than X1600Pro. Thats why ATI replaced X1600XT and X1600Pro with X1650XT and X1650pro


RE: Merger was a Mistake
By Jedi2155 on 9/5/2007 2:49:21 PM , Rating: 4
The X1800 series was developed and design in time to be competitive with the 7800GTX, but it was due to a bug in a third party design library (they are using a hardware description language to develop these chips), that caused a leakage problem in the chips that caused them months to locate.

This is also why the x1800 and x1900 series were only 3 months apart in their respective launches. The different design teams had their designs already done, so when they found the bug it was a simple matter to fix.


RE: Merger was a Mistake
By jarman on 9/5/2007 4:53:48 PM , Rating: 2
Um, no. The X1950XTX was an improvement on the debacle that was the X1800 series, but the crossfire implementation was a poor alternative (dongle anyone?) to nVidia's superior SLI technology (e.g. 2 x 7950 GTX) in the market at the time.


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