The Chief System Architect for Samsung is headed to Apple
Despite the litigation, the need for high-end talent is on-going, and probably why Apple reached out to Jim Mergard, a veteran of Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) before he assumed the role of Chief System Architect for Samsung where he has been for little over a year. Samsung has been positioning itself to be more competitive in the system-on-a-chip (SoC) processor segment.
Apple's attraction to Mergard may lie more in his experience from AMD according to a Silicon Valley consultant (and also a former AMD executive), Patrick Moorhead. Mergard’s time at AMD oversaw the development of the high-profile AMD processor code-named “Brazos” and was designed for portable lower-end computers, which indicates to Moorhead that Apple may be seeking talent related to Apple’s PC efforts. Apple uses Intel processors, but not SoCs in its Mac lineup.
Samsung has been investing heavily in its operations in Texas, where Mergard currently lives. Depending on his role at Apple, he will likely stay in Texas, or if his role is more strategic in nature, may find himself at Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, California.
source: The Wall Street Journal Blog
1. quakan (Posts: 1176; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)
Breaking News: Android fans riot all over the world.
2. wendygarett (unregistered)
You are always welcomed to work at cupertino, but please don't be an ifans my dear Jim :)
3. Bernoulli (Posts: 1443; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)
Lol!! Well since Samsung products are considered apple products but at a fraction of the cost, it shouldn't be much of Shift
5. eisenbricher (Posts: 971; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)
Nah the silly white side, which emphasized on white lies. Android is like Rainbow...
7. ibap (Posts: 692; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)
Oh, so now Samsung will have a better basis for claiming Apple stole from them...
8. rusticguy (Posts: 2826; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
No claims needed. They already steal from everywhere and that's their history.