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The Chief System Architect for Samsung is headed to Apple

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The Chief System Architect for Samsung is headed to Apple
It is not unusual for tech companies to shuffle talent amongst each other. Though, this move is plenty visible given that the two companies are at each other’s throats.

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

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posted on 12 Oct 2012, 00:47 4

1. quakan (Posts: 1398; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)

Breaking News: Android fans riot all over the world.

posted on 12 Oct 2012, 00:48 4

2. wendygarett (unregistered)

You are always welcomed to work at cupertino, but please don't be an ifans my dear Jim :)

posted on 12 Oct 2012, 01:21 9

4. zhypher_23 (Posts: 195; Member since: 04 Jun 2012)

Crap, Jim chose the dark side....

posted on 12 Oct 2012, 01:28 6

5. eisenbricher (Posts: 973; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)

Nah the silly white side, which emphasized on white lies. Android is like Rainbow...

posted on 12 Oct 2012, 03:19

6. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1488; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)

Rainbow....oh oh

posted on 12 Oct 2012, 06:42 1

7. ibap (Posts: 785; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)

Oh, so now Samsung will have a better basis for claiming Apple stole from them...

posted on 12 Oct 2012, 07:38 2

8. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)

No claims needed. They already steal from everywhere and that's their history.

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