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Apple and Qualcomm senior engineers hired by AMD, looking to make a big push in 2013

AMD hires two new senior engineers, hoping to expand into new markets

By Charles Gantt from Jan 22, 2013 @ 10:16 CST

AMD has hired two new senior engineers who had previously worked for the company earlier in their careers. Wayne Meretsky was the technical lead for Mac OS at Apple before joining AMD in 1999, then left for a position at a robotics company only to return to AMD in December.

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Charles Marar, also a former AMD employee, is returning as vice president of System-on-Chip Development after spending some time at Qualcomm. AMD describes the two hires as an effort to expand into new markets. These hires come on the heels of Apple's Jim Keller who joined AMD as chief architect this past August.

Rumors are floating around that both Sony and Microsoft may be using AMD chipsets in their next-generation consoles set to launch this spring. If those rumors are true, and AMD's Temash tablet processor is a hit, 2013 could prove to be a pivotal year for the company which has seen a downtrend over the past few years.

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NEWS SOURCES:Theverge.com

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