Intel reorganizes its GPU division and Raja Koduri steps down as executive vice president

The chip giant has made important changes to its graphics division. Formerly known as Intel’s Accelerated Computing Systems and Graphics (AXG) has undergone a profound reorganization, so much so that has directly ceased to exist as such and it has been divided into two units that will not have independence as such, but will become part of the consumer computing and data center and AI groups.

That separation in two, and the integration of each resulting unit into the consumer computing and data center and AI divisions, is no accident. The first will collect graphics solutions for general consumption which, for the moment, revolve around the Intel Arc Alchemist architecture, and the second will do the same with professional solutions, which also use the Xe blocks to shape Ponte Vecchio.

For Intel, this move makes sense because it represents a significant reduction in costs, and a simplification of the company’s structure. This is bad news for Raja Koduri, as he steps down as executive vice president of the AXG business unit to return to his old role as chief engineer at intel. Seeing the opportunities that Raja has had, the resources that he has disposed of and the results that he has obtained, the truth is that none of this surprises me.

Intel has confirmed that it remains committed to its adventure in the graphics sector, and that they will continue with the next generations of graphics cards for general consumption, known as Arc Battlemage and Arc Celestial. They will also continue to support the current Arc Alchemist, and will work to improve the drivers for those graphics cards.

The part of AXG that will be integrated into the consumer computing division will be led by Lisa Pierce, who will report directly to Michelle Johnston Holthaus, who is the head of said division. In the case of the part that will be integrated into the data center unit and IA will be Jeff McVeigh the one who will assume his leadership, and will answer directly to Sandra Rivera, which is the date of said unit.

It had been rumored for some time that Intel could end up closing its general consumer graphics division, something that gained momentum after the numerous delays suffered by the Intel Arc Alchemist, but in the end this has not been fulfilled. It is true that the chip giant has introduced important changes, but in the end the GPU sector represents a “very juicy pie”, and at Intel they are not willing to be left without a piece.

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