AMD Computing and Graphics veep Jim Anderson departs

Jim Anderson, senior vice president and general manager of AMD's Computing and Graphics group, is leaving the company. Anderson is perhaps best known for his work shepherding the well-received Ryzen Threadripper family of high-end desktop CPUs to the market, but he was also responsible for overseeing execution of the company's Ryzen CPU product stack and beyond.

Anderson will be taking over the CEO chair at Lattice Semiconductor starting September 4. In its own words, Lattice Semiconductor “is a leader in smart connectivity solutions at the network edge, where the 'things' of IoT live. Our low power FPGA and video [application-specific standard part] products deliver edge intelligence, edge connectivity, and control solutions to the industrial, consumer, communications, compute, and automotive markets.”

To date, Anderson's career spanned many years at LSI Corporation before it was acquired by Avago Technologies. In turn, Anderson followed Avago to Broadcom when that conglomerate acquired the smaller firm. Anderson then helped to shepherd the sale of Avago's Axxia network-processor business to Intel and helped situate Axxia under Intel's umbrella before he joined AMD in June 2015.

Just over two years later, AMD's Computing and Graphics business would launch the Ryzen CPU family that has played a large role in turning AMD's fortunes around, including Ryzen Threadripper parts. Anderson often said that Ryzen Threadrippers were his favorite product. Anderson leaves behind a successful legacy at AMD, and we're curious to see where he'll take Lattice Semiconductor next.

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    • LoneWolf15
    • 1 year ago

    In other news, Scott “Damage” Wasson was promoted to VP of Computing and Graphics…


    (can’t believe nobody beat me to this)

    • abiprithtr
    • 1 year ago

    Don’t veep, AMD.
    He was only Strong on Paper, anyway.
    Just don’t let anyone else off the Hook.

    • dragontamer5788
    • 1 year ago

    Awww… it seems like he was a good executive.

    [quote<]Anderson will be taking over the CEO chair at Lattice Semiconductor starting September 4[/quote<] Wait a sec, I own that stock. Hurrah! Lattice seems uniquely positioned to deliver low-cost and low-power FPGAs. Xilinx and Alteria (Aka Intel) seem to be strong on the high-end space, but surely low-power low-cost FPGAs are just as important of a technology. Their stock hasn't done super-well, mostly because of a failed acquisition recently. But otherwise, cheap and low-cost FPGAs are cool. [url<][/url<] There's an unofficial [url=<]Open Source toolchain[/url<] for that line of FPGAs too, which makes it one of the cheapest platforms for low-end FPGA work. Probably not the best indicator of success in the FPGA world, but its a thing that's cool.

      • NovusBogus
      • 1 year ago

      The trouble with low-end FPGAs is that much of what they used to do has been taken over by microcontrollers and SBCs, both vastly more accessible than they were a few years ago. But having a boss with experience being the underdog should be a good thing for them.

        • just brew it!
        • 1 year ago

        Yup. Microcontrollers have gotten very cheap, and are easier to program than FPGAs (since they’ve gotten powerful enough that you don’t need to resort to assembly language any more to get decent performance out of them). Low-end FPGAs still have their niche, but it is not a large niche.

    • ludi
    • 1 year ago

    Why you got a picture of Conan’s little brother?

      • chuckula
      • 1 year ago

      By Krom, that’s not Conan’s little brother!

    • Krogoth
    • 1 year ago

    Wasn’t this departure Foreshadowed on a hyperthread?

      • Srsly_Bro
      • 1 year ago

      Since the press release wasn’t leaked, it wasn’t hyper threaded.

    • chuckula
    • 1 year ago

    He clearly left for personal reasons.

    Those reasons being that you run up a huge bill for new clothes when your main responsibility is Threadripper.

      • YellaChicken
      • 1 year ago

      I don’t get the downvotes for this, it’s funny. Have 3 up to restore balance

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