In June, semiconductor industry legend Jim Keller announced his departure from Intel, just two years after he joined Tesla. Jim Keller has been involved in the design of a number of classic chip products, including AMD K7/K8/K12, Apple’s A4/A5 processor, Tesla’s HW 3.0 platform, and AMD Zen. It’s just that Keller’s two years at Intel are not yet known for which specific product or architecture, and hopefully the time will come to light.
After Intel left to regain his free status, Keller recently spoke about his understanding of chip design and Moore’s Law on his AI podcast.
One interesting thing is that Keller says he’s used to preparing a three- to five-year structure, but at Intel he feels the old owner is committed to extending the cycle to 10 years.
The advantage is that it can be reused, continuously improved to save money, “squeeze” the value of each node, the disadvantage is that the research and development staff are always afraid to write a new set of architecture from scratch, without restarting the words will be easy to be hit by more flexible opponents. While Keller doesn’t think intel’s massive beasts have suffered anything, AMD Zen did emerge from the bulldozer’s failure and Zen became a must-see.
Does Keller’s bold statement also imply that the real reason for his departure from Intel is intriguing.