AMD Higher Up with diverse fabrication experience leaves for Global Foundries as SVP

AMD Higher Up with diverse fabrication experience leaves for Global Foundries as SVP

So word travels from
that AMD’s SVP Operations ATI, has jumped ship to Global Foundries.
This is a very interesting turn of events and could have interesting
implications on the entire GloFo-AMD relationship. The high profile
veteran in question was John Docherty, who is now the SVP Global
Operations at Global Foundries. AMD did not comment on the story.

AMD SVP Operations ATi, John Docherty, Jumps Ship to Global Foundries as SVP Global Operations

As Fudzailla notes, John Docherty has experience not only in GPU but
in CPU manufacturing as well and it is possible that this was a
planned-and-approved transfer considering GlobalFoundries ties with AMD.
Most executives at AMD only deal with one side of the business, be it
compute, graphics or APUs. Very rarely do you get a higher up who has an
all rounded experience. John has previously worked on APU production
and before AMD worked for European Die Manufacturing, Motorola
Semiconductor Freescale among other similar companies. Being really
experienced in the manufacturing process makes him an ideal hire for the
position of Global Operations SVP at GloFo.

And this, folks, as Fudzilla correctly points out is a “match made in
heaven”. As most of you know GloFo was spun off by AMD as a separate
company some years ago, but red remains its primary customer both by
current demand and legally binding contracts. With
Samsung as an ally (even more so now that Nvidia has managed to piss it
off) and the new architecture Zen poised to enter the market sometime in
2016, we could finally see a comeback on the compute side with 14nm
FinFETs directly. Although I must say that given
historical data, the chances of that are not very high. Nvidia’s 16nm
FinFET Pascal GPU will be out sometime in the same time frame as Zen
appears, infact, there is serious evidence that prototype units of
Pascal have already been fabricated.

To put it simply, all the evidence so far suggests that the 20nm Node is broken.
The industry inertia is too high for the Industry to slow down and let
the node mature enough for high performance ASIC purposes
While TSMC is catering only to Apple on the 20nm node, AMD needs to pick
up the slack somehow since it is having a hard time competing with
Nvidia on the basis of efficient architecture alone. The answer could lie in skipping 20nm completely and moving forward to FinFET. We shall know the answer in a few months at any rate.

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