Raja Koduri leaves Intel where he was chief architect of the GPU division

Raja Koduri leaves Intel. He joined Intel in 2017 as chief architect and senior vice president of the Core and Visual Computing Group, responsible for GPUs and accelerators. There will also be a new head of Intel Foundry Services.

Raja Koduri’s departure is announced on Twitter by Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger. He thanks Koduri for his “many contributions” to Intel, especially in the field of high-performance graphics. Koduri was, among other things, the lead figure behind the team responsible for Intel Arc GPUs. He will leave at the end of this month and will focus on a generative AI software company for gaming, media and entertainment.

Koduri joined Intel in 2017 and was the head of Intel’s Accelerated Computing Systems and Graphics Group (AXG) until late last year. This division was then split into a consumer arm and a data center and AI arm, after which Koduri became Intel’s chief architect for GPUs and accelerators.

Before joining Intel, Raja Koduri spent four years at AMD, the last two years as senior vice president and chief architect of the Radeon Technology Group. Between 2009 and 2013, Koduri worked at Apple on graphics chips, but between 2001 and 2009 he was also chief technical officer at AMD’s graphics division.

Intel also announced that on Tuesday Stuart Pann will be in charge of Intel Foundry Services. He succeeds Randhir Thakur, whose departure was announced last year. Pann previously served as senior vice president, chief business transformation officer and general manager of Intel’s Corporate Planning Group.

Intel Foundry Services was announced early last year as part of Intel’s new IDM 2.0 strategy. With this, the company no longer only wants to produce chips for itself, but also wants to serve as an external foundry for other companies. The American chip manufacturer wants to compete with Asian market leaders TSMC and Samsung.