AMD managed to oust Martin Ashton from Intel. Until this weekend, Ashton was (breathe) Vice President, Core and Visual Computing Group, Chief Engineer, VTT and Director of Hardware and Co-Director of Architecture, VPG at Intel. If you go to Ashton’s LinkedIn page, you can see that he now lists his position simply as a corporate vice president at AMD, Santa Clara, CA.
Martin Ashton’s career at Intel was fairly short. Despite the triple job title, Ashton only worked there for a year and nine months. The most important part of Ashton’s long career in the IT industry was here in the UK, at Imagination Technologies, until December 2016. It seems like a good time to move, three or four months only before the news that smashed the IMGs. share price – the announced end of Apple’s dependence on PowerVR GPUs.
At IMG, Ashton’s last role was as Executive Vice President of PowerVR Multimedia IP, but on his own LinkedIn page he prefers the title of Executive Vice President of PowerVR Engineering. In over 25 years at Imagination Technologies (he joined when it was called VideoLogic) he was, as you might expect, “Contributor to the development of PowerVR graphics technology”, according to a Bloomberg biography.
Martin Ashton to work in David Wang’s RTG team
So what is going to happen now? In a statement, AMD told HEXUS that Martin will report to David Wang. If the name is familiar, it’s because Wang only recently joined AMD as senior vice president of engineering for RTG, as we reported in January. Wang has assumed the technical roles left vacant by Koduri’s departure; graphics engineering, including technical strategy, architecture, hardware and software for AMD graphics products and technologies.
The statement HEXUS received from AMD adds that “We are very happy to bring Martin and his talent to AMD for our graphics roadmap and our business.” Also, reflecting on Ashton’s new role at AMD, we were told that “David Wang is building a great team both within AMD with key promotions and with key external additions like Martin.”