Jim Keller: Apple chip designer returns to AMD


53-year-old Jim Keller to become the new chief architect of processor cores, AMD announced on Wednesday. Keller was most recently responsible for the chip platform at Apple - the electronics company develops its own chips for its iPhones and iPads. They are based on the architecture of British chip designer ARM, which is used in virtually all smartphones and tablets.

For Keller closes with a circle: He had previously worked as a chip developer for AMD, before he switched to competitors Broadcom and later to Apple. His new direct boss will be another Apple dropout: AMD technology chief Mark Papermaster had once overseen the development of the iPhone 4. (Dpa / tc)