AMD chief technology officer Hester resigns

The chief technology officer of AMD Phil Hester has stepped down from the post, following the announcement the company will cut 10% of its workforce due to lacklustre revenues.

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The chief technology officer of AMD Phil Hester has stepped down from the post, following the announcement the company will cut 10% of its workforce due to lacklustre revenues.

The decision to leave was Hester's and he left on good terms, said an AMD spokesperson. The company has no plans to replace him. Hester, who was also a senior vice president, has not announced what he is going to do or where he is going.

Hester's resignation is not associated with AMD's recent announcement that it will cut 10 percent of its work force, the spokesperson said. AMD plans to trim close to 1,650 jobs by the third quarter. The company also lowered its first-quarter revenue forecast "due to lower than expected sales across all business segments."

The company is struggling to ship chips on time and is losing market share to primary competitor Intel.

Hester was not responsible for product or silicon development at AMD, the spokesperson said. The company divides those responsibilities between CTOs in five business units, and that will continue. Hester helped establish the breakdown of product development to unit CTOs.

The business units in AMD are client, handheld, digital television, graphics and server.

Hester also oversaw AMD's development of areas such as accelerated computing and hiring top engineering talent. "While he's been here, he's set up a good foundation to be successful and move forward," the spokesperson said.

AMD's accelerated computing initiative, in which Hester envisioned specialised co-processors working with central processing units to accelerate specific applications, will continue under Mike Uhler, vice president of accelerated computing.

Hester previously spent 23 years at IBM, where he developed systems including the RS/6000, a Unix server that has now been merged into the Power Systems product line.

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