AMD reshuffles design teams

— 11:31 AM on July 17, 2006

As Intel sells its XScale division and lets go some of its management staff as part of its restructuring plans, AMD appears to be doing a little re-organizing of its own. After hiring Itanium designer Sam Naffzinger and opening a new design center in Fort Collins, AMD now plans to close its Longmont design center and migrate some of the staff to Fort Collins, Real World Tech reports. The Longmont design center was responsible in part for embedded designs like the Geode, AMD's low-power processor family aimed at set-top boxes, mobile devices, single-board computers, and thin clients.

According to a Colorado newspaper spotted by a Real World Tech reader, AMD will relocate around 75 employees out of the 180-strong Longmont workforce to the new Fort Collins design center. Altogether, AMD is planning to bring the Fort Collins head count to 200 and is actively seeking electrical engineers in the area. Real World Tech says the design center will implement "high performance x86 MPUs," although the site says it doesn't know specifically what the new team will be working on.

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