Intel confirms Nvidia tech advertising guru, Tom Petersen, has joined its GPU supergroup

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Tom Petersen leaves Nvidia

April 2, 2019 Updated with affirmation from Intel of Petersen’s transfer.

Long time Nvidia engineer, Tom Petersen, has spent his final day on Team GeForce… and is now making the quick transfer throughout Santa Clara to take up a brand new function as Intel Fellow on the burgeoning GPU workforce. Petersen made the announcement he was leaving Nvidia on his Facebook web page on Friday, and Intel has confirmed through Twitter that he’s becoming a member of the fold as a part of its push into discrete graphics subsequent 12 months with the Intel Xe.

Tom Petersen has been a stalwart of Nvidia, becoming a member of the corporate in 2005 as Director of Technical Marketing, and is certainly one of my favorite folks within the tech trade. He’s an extremely good, humorous, and at all times participating human being, in a position to distill a few of the most advanced elements of the inside workings of a GPU down into ways in which even a comparative moron like me can perceive.

It’s one other huge coup for Intel’s GPU recruitment drive, and a really trusted identify within the PC {hardware} world. He will be part of up with AMD’s Chris Hook and Raja Koduri, in addition to CPU heavyweight, Jim Keller, at Intel.

After the preliminary rumours, there has now been an official announcement about Petersen becoming a member of Intel. HotHardware had phrase from Intel VP, Ari Rauch, that he had “successfully recruited Tom to be an Intel Fellow working with the Game Experience Team.” But at present the Intel Graphics Twitter account has tweeted about Tom ‘TAP’ Petersen transferring to its rising graphics workforce.

Sure, it’s an unlucky selection of headshot, however with Intel decided to interact extra with the gaming neighborhood, having Petersen on board will imply it has probably the most standard tech proponents on board working laborious to get the nice phrase out about Intel Xe.

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Intel is assembling itself fairly the GPU supergroup, some form of Travelling Wilburys for PC graphics. Every different month we appear to listen to of one other huge identify in tech becoming a member of the chip big and, in lieu of any actual particulars in regards to the GPU know-how itself, that’s giving us much more religion within the firm really having the ability to ship on its 2020 guarantees.

Given that we’ve all heard Intel promising to create a discrete graphics card a number of occasions over the previous few a long time, it’s laborious for the trade as a complete to belief that this time can be any completely different. But if Intel has managed to persuade the likes of Koduri, Keller, Hook, and now Petersen, that it’s genuinely critical about GPUs this time round then we’ve bought to imagine that we ought to be taking Intel Xe critically too.

Prior to becoming a member of Nvidia in 2005 Petersen was the director of engineering at Broadcom and Senior Engineering Manager at IBM for eight years. To say he has correct tech heritage might be doing him a disservice…