AMD announced today the return of Jim Keller who was the lead architect on the K8 and co-author of the x86-64 specification, will be joining AMD again as Corporate Vice President and Chief Architect for CPU Cores. reporting to chief technology officer and senior vice president of technology and engineering Mark Papermaster.
- “Jim is one of the most widely respected and sought-after innovators in the industry and a very strong addition to our engineering team,” said Papermaster. “He has contributed to processing innovations that have delivered tremendous compute advances for millions of people all over the world, and we expect that his innovative spirit, low-power design expertise, creativity and drive for success will help us shape our future and fuel our growth.”
Jim Keller is the second high profile executive to join AMD after working at Apple. At one time it is likely that Keller had worked together previously with Papermaster at Apple.
For many this can be expected to be great news, considering that Keller co-authored the co-authored the Hyper-Transport specification, as well as playing an instrumental role on the design team responsible for the groundbreaking K7 AMD Athlon ™ processor ,while the K8 architecture powered the AMD Athlon 64 and Athlon 64X2 chips along with the AMD Opteron™ 64 processors, which featured the world’s first native x86-64 bit architecture.