AMD hires ex-Apple man as chief technology officer

Chip firm AMD said it replaced its last CTO by hiring Mark Papermaster and making him a senior vice president.

His last job was VP of silicon engineering at Cisco, but before then he’s worked for Apple and IBM.

Before Cisco he worked for Apple on hardware development of the iPod and the iPhone. Papermaster, it has been suggested, was sacked from Apple as antennagate’s scapegoat.

There could well be a hint here, because the AMD statement says he has processor and platform experience from low power handhelds to high performance blade servers.

His job at AMD will be to oversee all of its engineering, R&D and product development functions, as well as its product roadmaps, and its integrated hardware and software dev. (Sorry for the Oxford Comma.)

Chekib Akrout will report to Papermaster but continue his task of working on processor cores, and system on a chip design.

Akrout will remain part of the existing senior management team.