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Raja Koduri, whose most recent position was senior vice president and chief architect of the Radeon Technologies Group at AMD, will join Intel in December as senior vice president of the firm's new Core and Visual Computing Group. Koduri, Intel says, will help Intel expand its position in the market with "high-end discrete graphics solutions for a broad range of computing segments."

Raja Koduri

"Going forward under Koduri's leadership, the company will unify and expand differentiated IP across computing, graphics, media, imaging and machine intelligence capabilities for the client and data center segments, artificial intelligence, and emerging opportunities like edge computing," Intel says.

Koduri brings with him more than 25 years of experience in visual and accelerated computing, four of which were spent at AMD. Most recently, Koduri helped bring AMD's new Vega graphics chips to market. Koduri also spent time at Apple, where he served as director of graphics architecture.

The timing of Koduri's move is interesting in light of a recently announced partnership between AMD and Intel. Through the partnership, the firms are working to create a notebook chip that combines Intel's Core CPU architecture with AMD's Radeon graphics. The move is largely seen as a way for both companies to counter NVIDIA.