A CTO for AMD's servers division has been announced by the chip design company, and he is Donald Newell, a former Intel engineer with more than 20 patents filed.
His new job is to oversee the long-term server roadmap, leading worldwide teams and collaborating with other AMD design engineers for new platforms. At Intel Labs he was a senior principal engineer leading the system-on-chip and datacentre networking architecture groups.
Rick Bergman, SVP and general manager of AMD's products group announced the appointment, saying, "Don Newell brings a strong combination of leadership skills, engineering and design expertise, and strategic direction."
He added that Newell is coming onboard prior to the delivery of the company's upcoming "Bulldozer" core that will be used in its Opteron processors planned to hit the market in 2011. No pressure then.
To show how brainy its new servers CTO is AMD added a bewildering array of acronyms to its bio for its new executive. Apparently, he drove the IOAT to market, has published papers on Cache QoS and is a co-author of the IETF RFC2429 that specifies how video is transported over the Internet. We'll take AMD's word for it, but congratulations Don Newell and best of British. µ