In an interview with Barron's, Intel graphics head Raja Koduri sheds some light about why he left AMD to join one of the firm's biggest rivals. Koduri claims that during his break from AMD, he thought about what he wanted to do for the next 10 years, and his conclusion was that he wanted to tackle the explosion of data and AI, and that Intel was best suited to deal with this problem:
When I took a break from AMD my thinking was, What am I going to do for the next 10 years? What is the problem statement for the world for the next 10 years? Where I landed was, we’re in the middle of a data explosion. The amount of data that is being generated in the world is way more than our ability to analyze, understand, and process. What are the technologies that are required for us to be able to keep up with the data and actually do some beautiful, amazing things with this data?
As I was thinking through that and the elements that are required, the core pieces of technology required, and which company has these assets, these people, these resources, the only company that checked my list...was Intel.
Check out the full piece for more information, it also deals with how Koduri pulled in Jim Keller.