Despite Layoffs, AMD’s Still Hiring

AMD Opteron ChipAMD, which last month announced plans to cut its work force by 10 percent or about 1,400 people,  also is hiring.

Its job postings appear to be focused on engineers in System-on-a-Chip (SoC) design, VR-Zone reports. Most of its U.S. jobs appear to be in Austin, Texas; Sunnyvale, Calif.; Boxborough, Mass.; and Fort Collins, Colo.

A recent interview at SiliconValley.com about AMD’s shift in strategy has gotten lots of buzz, especially this quote by company spokesperson Mike Silverman:

We’re at an inflection point. We will all need to let go of the old ‘AMD versus Intel’ mind-set, because it won’t be about that anymore.

However, Silverman told Extreme Tech that doesn’t mean AMD plans to ditch the x86 market in favor of ARM CPUs. He’s quoted as saying:

Our strategy is to accelerate our growth by taking advantage of our design capabilities to deliver a breadth of products that best align with broader industry shifts toward low power, emerging markets and the cloud.

That article takes that to mean a push into servers and netbooks. TechEye.net also sees the job postings pointing to folks to develop x86 and GPU software codec redesigns and a team to sort out AMD’s future server, notebook, tablet, and desktop platforms.

Comments

  1. BY Emilov says:

    That sounds a bit like the joke with the workforce that was off-shored. The work is there, just someone else would do it, cheaper.
    “plans to cut its work force by 10 percent or about 1,400 people, also is hiring” – are NONE of those 1,400 people “trainable” or “re-trainable”?!

  2. BY Slappa says:

    They won’t stop producing high end desktop and server CPU’s. One day I believe they will be very competitive once again to Intel. They are just taking that step back from a PR perspective, because they got a lot of flack for the recent BD release. They don’t wanna set themselves up for disappointment, because disappointment spreads virally as failure within the enthusiast community.

    Once they get their 32nm and lower processes sorted out, yields fixed, and architectures optimized, they will be back in the game once again.

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