Apple Hires at Least a Dozen Former AMD Employees for an 'Orlando GPU Team', Still Hiring More

AmdlogoApple has hired at least a dozen former AMD graphics engineers for its Orlando offices in recent months, according to a MacRumors review of employees' LinkedIn profiles.

The majority of hires, which include a graphics architect, hardware engineer and others, occurred in January of this year.

AMD laid off a number of employees last year in a corporate reorganization, and fired more in January. It seems likely that Apple hired a number of the laid off Orlando AMD engineers for a new team it's building in the region.

The company has also posted new job listings for Site Managers to head GPU teams in both Orlando and Cupertino.

These hires and new listings are in addition to job listings posted last month for chip engineers for its Orlando Design Center.

Site Manager

Job Number: 27994768 - Orlando, Florida, United States

Job Summary

Manager will be responsible for leading the Orlando GPU team to deliver high quality IP to specification and on schedule.

Key Qualifications

- 10+ years proven experience leading high performance GFX (or equivalent complexity) IP development teams
- 5+ years proven experience building/hiring medium/large (30+) complex ASIC IP development teams
- Excellent personnel management, mentoring, team building and hiring abilities
- Proven ability to manage parallel project efforts including effective resource/schedule planning & tracking
- Excellent written/verbal communication and project management skills
- Experience with GFX Architecture/Design, GFX APIs and overall GFX development is a significant plus
- Ability to work well in a cross-site team and be productive under aggressive schedules

The new job listings ask for extensive experience in building and leading teams, including hiring, mentoring, and more. They also focus on intellectual property development as well. The listings in both Cupertino and Orlando are identical.

Apple's interest in GPUs (Graphics Processing Unit) and CPUs coincides with an effort to develop more of its technology in house. Apple is a licensee for ARM and Imagination Technology, which power the company's iPhones and iPads.

Top Rated Comments

AlexH Avatar
142 months ago
I don't like this news... I want Apple to use Intel Graphics in the iPhone and iPad.
AMD and NVidia have produced far better graphics chips than Intel. I'd say let's see what they come up with...
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Renzatic Avatar
142 months ago
Read the article next time.
YOU ASK TOO MUCH OF US! It's easier to read three words off the headline and go into the thread thinking about how I can bring Samsung into it.
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Zerozal Avatar
142 months ago
"experience building/hiring medium/large (30+) complex ASIC IP development teams"

OMG Apple is building Bitcoin miners!!

;)
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jav6454 Avatar
142 months ago
I'm laughing hard at all the ignorants in this thread. The GPU hiring is not for MacBook or Mac lines. It is for the iOS lines. It is not even for Radeon/nVidia drivers.

I can't stress the following statement enough, but.....

Read the article next time.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
tevion5 Avatar
142 months ago
nVidia, AMD, nVidia...AMD. Apple just cannot make up its mind when it comes to graphics.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Saladinos Avatar
142 months ago
I'm laughing hard at all the ignorants in this thread. The GPU hiring is not for MacBook or Mac lines. It is for the iOS lines. It is not even for Radeon/nVidia drivers.

I can't stress the following statement enough, but.....

Read the article next time.

The article doesn't provide any real evidence either way.

They seem to be hiring managers more than engineers, so there's no way to tell.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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