AMD's Graphics Guru Jumps Ship, May Wash Ashore at Qualcomm

Paul Lilly

AMD this week confirmed the rumored departure of Eric Demers, Corporate Vice President and CTO of the Sunnyvale chip maker's graphics division, who is leaving the company to "pursue other opportunities." Demers is a long time veteran in the graphics business. He hooked up with ATI back in 2000, stayed with the firm when it was bought out by AMD, and held a number of positions through the years before becoming CTO and VP of AMD's Graphics Business.

A graduate of Université de Montréal - Ecole polytechnique de Montréal (BSEE, Electornics / Communications) and Cornell University (Computer Architecture / Parallel Processing), Demers hooked up with Matrox in 1990 as a Junior Engineer. He's also worked for Silicon Graphics and SGI, among other firms.

Where he goes from here is anyone's guess, though The Verge claims to be hearing rumblings that he'll end up working for Qualcomm, the same company that purchased AMD's mobile graphics division and Imageon media processor in 2009.

Meanwhile, AMD said Chief Technology Officer Mark Papermaster will fill in for Demers on an interim basis until a permanent replacement is found.

"AMD remains fully committed to our critical graphics IP development and discrete GPU products. We have a tremendous depth of talent in our organization, a game plan that is resonating with our customers and our team, and we are continuing to bring graphics-performance-leading products to market. We will attract the right technology leader for this role," AMD said in a statement.

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