AMD has announced that Rick Bergman had rejoined the company and will lead its Computing and Graphics business. Mr. Bergman’s focus will be high-performance PCs, gaming and semi-custom businesses. The return of the former executive emphasizes importance of gaming for AMD.

Rick Bergman has a long history with GPU companies. In the late nineties he used to work at S3 Graphics and then joined ATI Technologies in 2001, where he served at various positions until 2006, when ATI was bought by AMD. From 2006 to 2011, he led AMD’s products group where he was responsible both for CPUs and GPUs. In 2011, Mr. Bergman joined Synaptics, where he served as CEO until recently and significantly transformed the company.

Among the highlights of Rick Bergman’s career at AMD are the company’s highly-successful Radeon HD 4000 and HD 5000 families of products, the GCN architecture that was used by the company’s GPUs for years, as well as AMD’s ‘Fusion’ program that enabled the company to integrate its GPUs into its CPUs and eventually create high-performance SoCs for Microsoft’s and Sony’s game consoles.

Rick Bergman is the latest addition to AMD’s graphics and gaming team. Last month AMD hired Frank Azor, a former head of Dell’s Alienware division, to head its gaming-related efforts. Meanwhile, Mr. Bergman brings both general management and semiconductor experience.

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  • ksec - Wednesday, August 7, 2019 - link

    Well yes and no. Yes for the statement, no for ignoring the size between those Companies. Apple is the 2nd largest company in the world, ( 1st is currently M$ ), and HP is no where near that level.

    AMD to IBM is a big jump, IBM is $120B Market Cap with low P/E, while the currently future valued AMD is $30B. If she had actually been offered the job to remake IBM I very much doubt she will decline.
  • digitalgriffin - Tuesday, August 13, 2019 - link

    Not everyone thinks like you. Some people stay because they realize they have a vision and have the ability to execute that vision for that company. Not because it's easy, or they are #1, but because they can make an impact and they are needed.

    Lisa Su has pride in her work. She won't be going anywhere.
  • MASSAMKULABOX - Saturday, August 10, 2019 - link

    I am shocked to see that there is no mention of Ricks outstanding work in helping to thwart Itanic, commemorated in a film, no less.
  • Ironchef3500 - Wednesday, August 14, 2019 - link

    I hope not, shes doing a great job
  • ballsystemlord - Tuesday, August 6, 2019 - link

    You mean this is the guy I complain to if I have a GCN GPU that has coil whine, overheats, is slow, and has buggy OpenCL drivers? What's his phone number? (Teasing)
  • willis936 - Tuesday, August 6, 2019 - link

    In all honesty leading ATI is not a resume builder.
  • Lord of the Bored - Wednesday, August 7, 2019 - link

    I think that's a board manufacturer issue. Contact Gigabyte or XFX or Sapphire or Tseng or whoever.
  • CajunArson - Tuesday, August 6, 2019 - link

    Oh he left in 2011.
    So Bulldozer was partially his fault?

    I guess the article was trying to cover up history since Bulldozer wasn't considered a "highlight".
  • ballsystemlord - Tuesday, August 6, 2019 - link

    If you had actually read the article it says he was part of the *GPU* division, not the *CPU* division.
  • darkswordsman17 - Tuesday, August 6, 2019 - link

    Actually (ballsystemlord), if you'd read the article, he was head of both CPU and GPU when Bulldozer was being developed. Of course he also oversaw some of their best GPU products. The real issue with bulldozer is that it was developed to integrate the CPU and GPU pipelines (which definitely informed the bulldozer design, I also wonder if it wasn't behind the compute heavy design of GCN).

    Assigning blame/credit for AMD's past I think is more complex than people would like to admit.

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