Jerry Saunders resigns from office

Jerry Saunders resigns from office

After 33 years at the helm of Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), Jerry Saunders will step down as CEO (Chief Executive Officer) in April. He was the only boss the company has ever had and sees his task fulfilled with the introduction of the hammer.

Just to have kept the company afloat to this point in time requires some skill, if you can Keeps in mind that none of the 15 companies that licensed Intel's 8080 technology in 1980 are still manufacturing microprocessors for lack of success! Jerry Saunders is right when he says: 'We' re the last man standing. '

Much of the He attributes his success to the appointment of William Siegle as the new head of research in 1990, as the progress has been clearly noticeable since then. He describes the Hammer processor, which will be released at the end of 2002, as the 'high point of his dreams' because it was developed independently, uses a different bus system and instruction sets, but still finds support from Microsoft . He has great confidence in the hammer and believes that for the first time without the slightest doubt, it will be superior to Intel. Thus one would have overcome all hurdles, including some patent quarrels, and he would have 'completed his life's work'. One exception remains Intel's superior financial position. Saunders does not see the reason for this well-being in particular efficiency, but simply in Intel's marketing budget, with which AMD cannot compete.

From April 2002 onwards, Hector Ruiz, the former president of Motorola and the current employee of AMD will take over his job, to whom he promised the post of CEO two years ago when he was hired. Jerry Saunders himself will retire to the position of supervisor by the end of 2003, thus taking on a job similar to Andrew Grove at Intel. He also gave inannounced in an interview that, in his opinion, Hector Ruiz will do better than Intel boss Craig Barrett because of his 20 years of Motorola experience and a diploma in solid state physics.