Raja Koduri leaves Intel, will found a startup of generative AI

Raja Koduri leaves Intel, will found a startup of generative AI

Raja Koduri leaves Intel

Raja Koduri leaves Intel . The current Chief Architect, after five years in which he worked on the graphics cards of the Santa Clara giant to challenge AMD and NVIDIA and make Intel competitive in this area too, will go on to found a startup dedicated to generative AI software for video games.

CEO Pat Gelsinger announced Koduri's farewell who, on Twitter, thanked his colleague for his contribution to the development of Intel technologies and architectures. Koduri, who proved to be essential for the launch of three new product lines during 2022, thanked his now former boss and promised, again on Twitter, that he will reveal further details about his future in the coming weeks.

--> Intel has already reorganized the department that deals with graphics, so Koduri's farewell leaves no gaps to fill. Jeff McVeigh will continue to serve as interim head of the AXG team as the company searches for a permanent position.

Raja Koduri joined Intel at the same time as former AMD Jim Keller, with whom (also with Murthy Renduchintala) he designed and aligned the product portfolio under the "six pillars" strategy, based on the strengths of Intel IPs. Keller and Renduchintala's departure in 2020 led to a change of plans and Koduri continued as head of the Architecture, Software and Graphics group, later becoming the company's Executive Vice President in April 2022.

-- > Koduri led the creation and launch of Intel Arc graphics cards, as well as Ponte Vecchio GPUs dedicated to datacenters. In addition, he worked on the first “Blockscale” ASICs for Bitcoin mining. Sadly, GPU delays have forced Intel to change its strategy, but continued driver optimizations coupled with price cuts are putting Intel's Arc Alchemist cards in an attractive position for mid-range gaming setups. The company's efforts in this area will no doubt continue, even without Koduri.