AMD has hired former Newisys chief technical officer Rich Oehler to manage its enterprise multicore computing program. Oehler previously worked for IBM, where in his 30-year tenure he was named an IBM Fellow, elected to its Technology Council as well as the IBM Academy of Technology. Oehler will be asked to oversee AMD’s multicore enterprise computing strategies to CIOs and other senior executives. AMD, Intel, and its rivals are positioning the dual-core products as premium parts, ideal for scientific and high-performance computing and also expect to command a price premium, a high-margin plum. Since AMD is currently still confined to a single fab, analysts have suspected that the larger size of the dual-core die will limit AMD’s ability to manufacture dual-core parts. However, AMD executives have said that’s not true.

AMD has hired former Newisys chief technical officer Rich Oehler to manage its enterprise multicore computing program. Oehler previously worked for IBM, where in his 30-year tenure he was named an IBM Fellow, elected to its Technology Council as well as the IBM Academy of Technology. Oehler will be asked to oversee AMD’s multicore enterprise computing strategies to CIOs and other senior executives. AMD, Intel, and its rivals are positioning the dual-core products as premium parts, ideal for scientific and high-performance computing and also expect to command a price premium, a high-margin plum. Since AMD is currently still confined to a single fab, analysts have suspected that the larger size of the dual-core die will limit AMD’s ability to manufacture dual-core parts. However, AMD executives have said that’s not true.