AMD Names Rich Witek Corporate Fellow
SUNNYVALE, CA --
AMD (NYSE: AMD) recently named Rich Witek corporate fellow, the highest position in the company’s Member of Technical Staff (MTS) program. He is the first AMD employee to hold this position.
Witek, former co-founder and chief technology officer of Alchemy Semiconductor, was named to this position based on his outstanding technical accomplishments and wide recognition as a leading expert in the semiconductor industry. He provides strategic technical leadership for AMD’s Personal Connectivity Solutions (PCS) business unit, which develops products for non-PC connectivity devices including web tablets, auto navigation and entertainment systems, and portable and wired Internet access devices and gateways.
“At AMD, we have always believed people are the ultimate source of our competitive advantage,” said Dr. William Edwards, vice president and general manager of AMD’s PCS Group. “Rich Witek is a superstar in the world of microprocessor design. His world-class expertise and experience coupled with his strong spirit of innovation and passion for his work make him an invaluable asset to our executive team.”
Witek has 25 years of hardware and software experience. He joined AMD when AMD acquired Alchemy Semiconductor in February 2002. Before co-founding Alchemy Semiconductor in 1999, Witek worked at Digital Equipment Corporation, where he was lead architect of the successful StrongARM processors and the first two Alpha™ processors, as well as co-architect of the Alpha architecture. Developed in 1992, the RISC-based Alpha was the industry’s first 64-bit single-chip microprocessor.
Witek has also done architecture work on ARM and PowerPC processors. He holds 22 patents in the areas of CPU, cache and system design, and is co-author of “Alpha Architecture Reference Manual” and numerous technical papers.
Witek holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science and math from Aurora College. He will continue to be based in Austin, Texas.
AMD is a global supplier of integrated circuits for the personal and networked computer and communications markets with manufacturing facilities in the United States, Europe, Japan, and Asia. AMD, a Fortune 500 and Standard & Poor’s 500 company, produces microprocessors, Flash memory devices, and support circuitry for communications and networking applications. Founded in 1969 and based in Sunnyvale, California, AMD had revenues of $3.9 billion in 2001. (NYSE: AMD).
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