Apple picking up former AMD employees for GPU team

Apple picking up former AMD employees for GPU team
As we all know by now, the general way that Apple does iPhone releases is to have the full numbers signify a hardware design change, and the "S" release focuses on boosting the internal specs and the software. We've heard a lot about the plans for iOS 7, and it seems that Apple has been hard at work on the next-gen GPU to power its iOS devices by hiring quite a few former AMD employees.

MacRumors has been doing some checking on LinkedIn profiles, and has found that Apple hired a number of people in January for positions like graphics architect and hardware engineer. Apparently, AMD had let go a number of employees last year, and more in January, and Apple has been busy scooping them up. Apple has reportedly hired at least 12 former AMD employees. 

Now, Apple posted new positions last month for Site Managers in both Orlando and Cupertino to head up new GPU teams within the company. It may be a bit late for the Site Manager to have much impact on the internals of the upcoming iPhone 5S or iPad 5, but obviously Apple is focusing quite a bit on boosting GPU performance in its hardware.

source: MacRumors



1. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

How do we know that these GPUs will be powering iOS rather than OSX devices?

3. Diazene

Posts: 129; Member since: May 01, 2013

because OSX uses off the shelf GPUs from nVidia and AMD, and it doesn't make that much money, not enough to justify hiring new engineers

2. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Michael, how about "Apple HIRING former AMD employees for GPU team"? They're not waste disposals that you pick up from the dump man.

4. jay0830

Posts: 3; Member since: Jul 25, 2012

GOOD!!!! Apple needs all the help it they can #behindthecurve

8. Jasonhunterx

Posts: 111; Member since: Jul 20, 2011

Apple is not actually behind the curve in hardware software yes please don't make us Apple haters look stupid thank you

9. tedkord

Posts: 17453; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

They're not behind the curve is cpu/gpu, but there are areas of hardware where they are behind. Screen resolution, for instance. They also usually lag in connectivity, ie. they didn't get LTE until nearly two years after others.

10. Jasonhunterx

Posts: 111; Member since: Jul 20, 2011

They don't need that much pixels for a screen of that size its perfect and they waited until LTE was relevant

5. papss unregistered

The one place apple doesn't need a ton of help is in the GPU... Is there anything more powerful than what is in the ipad4 yet? I'm no apple fan but they seem to be tops in graphic intense games.

6. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Nice to see people tell it like they see it papss. +1 here comes the red

13. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Adreno 330 will most likely be the first popular gpu for android that can outperform the Ipad 4 gpu.

14. Pedro0x

Posts: 271; Member since: Oct 19, 2012

In newer benchmarks that use OpenGL 3.0, for example GFXBench, adreno will win with ease, SGX554 doesn´t have support for OpenGL 3.0 only 2.1, in these new benchmarks SGX will lose but I believe that SGX will be on par with adreno 330 in benchmarks that use old technologies. SGX 554MP4 have around 76.8GFLOPS at 300 MHz and adreno 320 have 51.2 GFLOPS at 500 MHz. Snapdragon will use HMKG process for Snapdragon 800 and that is why it will be clocked to higher frequencies, adreno 330 should be around 50% more powerful than adreno 320 so it should have around 75 GFLOPS (I know that GFLOPS isn´t everything), so I think that adreno 330 will be better than SGX554MP4 overall. SGX554 was published in December 2010 and it can still outperform adreno 320 and that is incredible, when the Rogue graphics(Gxxx) will come it will outperform everything on the market by around 400% and if it will be used in the new Iphone or Ipad, everyone will be screwed. It should support OpenGL 4.x, and it should be more powerful than Xbox 360. Also Mali T-658 should come this year and it should have same performance like Rogue. I think this year should be pretty interesting, and if these new graphics(rogue and mali) will come out this year adreno and everyone else will be screwed.

7. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

So this means no quad core processor on the iph5s? Shame.

11. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

Why would this mean no quad core?

12. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

"Former" employees did they leave or get fired.

15. taikucing unregistered

get fired, because AMD has financial problem

19. quadrazeus

Posts: 359; Member since: May 03, 2013

C'mon Michael, you know how lame he is, lol.

17. jameshoe unregistered

No quad-core necessary, dual-core is fast enough on iOS device, unlike Android...

16. jedix

Posts: 12; Member since: Apr 13, 2013

did apple know that nvidia is so much better than amd?

18. kdealltheway

Posts: 94; Member since: Oct 21, 2012

Driver or hardware department? If you are talking about hardware then you are fanboy or just missinformed.

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