AMD to hire 1,000 IT positions globally

AMD to hire 1,000 IT positions globally

Summary: AMD is reportedly hiring more than 1,000 new IT positions in anticipation of growth it expects from the enterprise move to the cloud.

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Editor’s note: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that AMD would increase its headcount by 10 percent. AMD is hiring 1,000 IT positions, but some of the openings are accounted for by attrition elsewhere in the company.

AMD is reportedly hiring more than 1,000 new IT positions in anticipation of growth it expects from the enterprise move to the cloud, the company told Dice today.

Most of the positions are for design engineers, software professionals and IT specialists at AMD facilities in California, Texas, Orlando, Boston and Canada, Lance Phillips, AMD's Global Talent Acquisition Lead, told Dice. Some of the positions will be in China, India and Taiwan, AMD told ZDNet.

AMD didn't elaborate on the strategy behind the hires other than the reference new hardware and software to support a move to the cloud. It is logical that they expect the explosion in data centers required for cloud computing is a chance to gain marketshare on rival Intel, assuming they can get the right products to market. Most of the positions will "help test, validate, find and correct errors," according to Dice. Software hires include:

  • Design engineers with knowledge of computer architecture, C/C++
  • Doftware engineers skilled in Linux development, C/C++, Ruby and Java
  • OpenGL and OpenCL software developers who know C/C++ and graphics
  • Firmware developers with experience in Linux using C/C++, Ruby, Java, and x86 assembly

Hardware hires include:

  • Analog design engineers with backgrounds in electrical engineering and specific ClSI and ASIC design.

AMD employs more than 10,000 already, but the company runs like a startup, Phillips told Dice,  and expects to hire those with a startup mentality.

The chipmaker faces an uphill climb in the market against Intel and has stumbled already. Earlier this year, AMD CEO Dirk Meyer stepped down. Meyer was popular internally after leading the company through a two-year turnaroun after several year's of weaker than expected product launches.

In February AMD began defending rumors that is was a takeover target, particularly by Dell.

AMD's core products face an uphill climb in the market against Intel notes ZDNet Asia blogger Edwin Yapp.

"AMD is an admirable engineering company but it is difficult to imagine it taking a leadership role in this transition," [said Christian Heidarson, Gartner's principal research analyst for semiconductors].

He noted that while Fusion introduced integrated graphic chipsets, a radical notion when AMD acquired ATI in 2006, its products did not reach the market before Intel offerings did.

AMD has some very interesting ambitions to take the CPU-GPU integration further than Intel, but it may be a question of "too late and in the wrong direction," the Gartner analyst said.

Regardless AMD is moving in the direction and making a significant investment in personnel to make it happen.

For more specifics on the positions and those already posted, see the original post on Dice.

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Topics: Intel, CXO, Linux, Open Source, Operating Systems, Processors, Software, Software Development, IT Employment

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  • finally

    somebody is hiring.. good to hear
    Ben_rockwood
  • AMD is a company that deserves to be doing better in the marketplace

    because of it's offerings and it's very capable hardware and it's very competitive prices. I settled on the Phenon six core after examining other PCs with Intel i5s and i7s, and I just could not justify spending so much (about $400-$600 more) for the Intel-based PCs that didn't really offer much better performance.

    For the first time in my life, I finally decided to purchase a computer with AMD processors, and I'm quite amazed at the price I paid for what is in reality a supercomputer in a box. This thing has an AMD Phenon six core CPU at 2.80ghz, and I only paid 799 for the whole desktop.

    I'm very happy with it, even if it's the first time that I bought an AMD-based PC (actually, I've 'owned' a PC with AMD cpu before, but, I didn't buy it).
    adornoe
  • RE: AMD to increase staff 10 percent

    This story was re-purposed from another article and did not include interviews directly with AMD. There are some inaccuracies in the article, which I?d like to clarify. AMD is currently expecting to hire approximately 1,000 positions globally across sales, marketing, finance, IT and engineering in 2011. The total number of positions does not represent new hires, as it also accounts for forecasts based on normal attrition rates. ? Brenda Rarick, AMD Corporate Communications
    brendararick