In recent weeks we have informed you mainly about the lay offs in the gamedev industry (at Activision Blizzard and Electronic Arts), and now - for a change - we have some less-than-pleasant news for Intel employees.
The Santa Clara Group has decided to part with a group of several hundred employees who have so far been employed in the United States and Costa Rica branches. According to the representatives of the company, the layoffs are dictated by the desire to concentrate capacity under the wings of one of the companies cooperating with Intel, i.e. the Indian Infosys. The reduction in the number of jobs is allegedly not a result of savings, and will not affect the efficiency of the factories producing processors, but an attempt to organize the structure within some areas of the company's activity. It is worth remembering that soon - due to the expansion of the DX1 production plant in Oregon - as many as 1750 people will be employed.
Intel has also made a very important transfer in the other direction, as Tom Petersen, who has been head of Nvidia's technical marketing department for many years and one of the main employees of the department responsible for the development of GeForce graphics cards, has joined the company's ranks. He has been associated with the "green" camp since 2005 and was responsible for the development of Nvidia G-Sync technology - in turn, earlier he took part in the development of processors in IBM and Motorola.
There are many indications that Petersen will join the team working on the development of graphics technologies, in which Intel intends to get heavily involved in the future. This is confirmed by the employment of several well-known names in the industry, such as the former head of Radeon Technologies Group - Raja Koduri - or Chris Hook, the former head of global product marketing at AMD.