Raja Koduri, a leader in Intel's graphics division, is leaving the company to work on AI

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Raja Koduri is one of the big names in PC hardware. It was massive news when he first joined Intel in 2017 to help the company's burgeoning graphics division, not the least bit because he had only recently quit being AMD's Radeon Technologies Group boss. What a steal. But now his time at Intel is coming to a close, as he announces he's parting ways with the company to set up is own AI software start-up.

Koduri is leaving his role as executive vice president at Intel, where he was taking care of the company's growing graphics division, and where he also served as a general manager. He was also Intel's chief architect for a time, which just goes to show how much stock Intel put in Koduri's technical know-how.

Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger announced Koduri's departure on Twitter, and also announcing Koduri's aspirations to create a new software company.

That start-up sure sounds like it could be of some interest to us PC gaming lot, with its focus on generative AI for gaming, among other things. Koduri says he'll have more info to share on that in the coming weeks.

On Intel's side of things, I do wonder what sort of impact we'll see from Koduri's departure. It's unlikely we'll see much impact to coming generations of Intel's gaming graphics cards, nor much else in the short-term, as these senior engineering figures tend to be working on projects that are so far out of the public eye it's not easy to know exactly what pies they had their fingers in and when. But this will surely shake-up the structure of the org.

Koduri's departure also aligns with another major shake-up at Intel. Dr. Randhir Thakur will be leaving the company after previously heading up Intel's manufacturing arm, with Stuart Pann now taking over Intel's Foundry Services. Penn will take on the role of making sure Intel's chip making facilities can keep to its aggressive roadmap over the next few years, and oversee the new US and European facility push by the company.


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Jacob Ridley
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