Last November, Raja Koduri left AMD to lead Intel’s renewed effort to get into high-power graphics processing units, or GPUs. (This will be Intel’s third attempt at building a GPU to go after Nvidia’s dominance.) In that short amount of time, it looks like he’s managed to gain quite a lot of power within Intel’s vast bureaucracy. He now oversees engineering for both graphics processors as well as the main central processing chip, said a person close to him. Recently, 2,000 Intel software engineers moved over under Mr. Koduri to help him build driver software for his GPUs, said the person.
Mr. Koduri is now starting to attract big names into the Intel fold. Jim Keller, a veteran chip designer, has left Tesla’s autonomous vehicle team to join Intel as a senior vice president, where he will oversee system-on-chips, which incorporate various types of processors onto a single chip.
Messrs. Koduri and Keller worked together previously at both AMD and Apple. At Apple, they worked together on building the first custom chips powering iPhones and iPads.