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Old Apr 16, 2012, 12:50 PM   #1
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AMD Eric Demers - Farewell Interview @ Rage3D.com

Eric Demers, former AMD CTO and VP, Graphics Product Division, gave us a few minutes of his time as he transitions into his new role as VP of Engineering for Qualcomm.

Eric Demers - Farewell Interview
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Old Apr 16, 2012, 02:08 PM   #2
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Nice interview! Thanks!
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Old Apr 17, 2012, 02:10 AM   #3
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Aye, great interview. Thanks !!

I must of missed it but did we ever know the reasons behind his departure from AMD. This really came out of left field.
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Old Apr 17, 2012, 06:06 AM   #4
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Great group of guys or gentlemen there at AMD, hopefully he will continue to have those great successes that he had in the past. Who knows in the future he could take over AMD .
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Thanks for this.

It's always been a treat for us laymen to read interviews with Mr. Demers over the years, let-alone enjoy the fruits of his labor. He is, without a doubt, a key individual that set ATi (et al) apart from other tech companies and made backseat and Monday-morning gpu engineers out of a generation of forum/tech nerds. He has given us looks inside the thought-processes and design intricacies on countless occasions that are priceless. That pulling back of the curtain, in my opinion, has always made me root for their team on a purely sentimental level. There never was an Eric Demers at nvidia, and it's one of those intangibles that I'm sure many, wither you realize it or not, relate to when you think about the differences between those companies and their public persona in relation to tech geek culture. ATi always seemed like a group of friendly engineers that loved to talk about what they do on a deeply technological level, and was for moving the bar forward in a non-proprietary way even when it was detrimental to them personally. I think a lot of that mind share is because of Eric.

I don't know if many stop and realize some of the great technology breakdowns (that non-engineers can understand) provided by Anand, R3D, B3D, and other reputable sites are largely because of him. When you stop and realize he also had a major hand in how all those things actually came to be, it's a little mind-blowing.

Think about Anand's pretty spectacular articles on the origins of R770 and Cypress. Think about the nitty-gritty articles from Rage and Beyond regarding even the R300 and R600. How many companies have someone fundamentally rooted in their products that either can or will articulate that information to the public? It's rare, and it's pretty damn awesome.

Once again, I wish him luck. He best not become a stranger.

One thing is for sure, when Qualcomm introduces a new product from now on I'll be paying attention. Hopefully the VP of engineering will make himself available for comment.
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I must of missed it but did we ever know the reasons behind his departure from AMD. This really came out of left field.
Eric's a high class guy and he left AMD on good terms. All he would say about moving on is 'change fosters change'.

To my mind, when a major leadership change occurs in a company, people take stock of what they're doing, how they're doing, what their life plan is etc. While the change (a new CEO, with new vision and plan) can prompt the re-evaluation, the decisions from the introspection aren't necessarily in response to market forces, management changes, or job duties, but a listening to the internal voice and responding to what that says.

It's easy to say, ah, new CEO, must have butted heads or he doesn't like the new strategy, but that's selling short people who have a large vision and passion and don't feel that one job, role or time period is enough to be fulfilling forever.
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2900xt stills remains in my heart....
Is good for competition but for me nvidia remains a borring player somehow..
Ati original stuff (this is why i bought the 2900xt the first 300euros + card)
I loved the 2 bios switch in 6900 series..I already made some very risky flashes from windows and actually the pc became unstable..But i was fine..No fear..The switch was there..
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Thanks guys. Really nice words. Means a lot.

I love sharing my passion with folks, and getting them to understand why I thinks it's cool. I will continue that, just attuned to some of the new technologies that are becoming dominant, but which can also teach me may new things...
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Thanks guys. Really nice words. Means a lot.

I love sharing my passion with folks, and getting them to understand why I thinks it's cool. I will continue that, just attuned to some of the new technologies that are becoming dominant, but which can also teach me may new things...


Don't forget to throw some sugestions to ati guys at a coffee so they still make a good VGA without you :P
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Great interview. Good luck, Eric! It was good to have you on the Red team.
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Thanks for the interview!
Eric congrats on the past and best wishes on your future endevours! Im sure youre going to kick ass as usual!
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