James Clifford started his career at Unisys Corporation, working his way up to VP & GM of Orange County Operations during over 20 years at that company, essentially handling their global sourcing and foundry needs. From there he moved to Qualcomm and again spent quite a bit of time, almost 18 years, serving in a variety of leadership roles and ending his time there as the Senior VP & GM of Operations. He then headed to RF Micro Devices, Inc for a brief time before joining AMD today in the role of Senior VP of Global Operations and reporting directly to Dr. Lisa Su according to the story at DigiTimes. This is an exciting move for AMD, hopefully his significant experience in the semiconductor industry will help move AMD forward over the coming years and help them regain their share of the marketplace.
"AMD has announced James Clifford has joined the company as senior vice president of Global Operations, reporting to president and CEO Lisa Su. Clifford will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of AMD's end-to-end manufacturing and supply chain strategy."
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The Qualcomm experience
The Qualcomm experience should be helpful, while Unisys is a mainframe company founded on the merging of Burroughs Corporation and Sperry Corporation, both mainframe giants of their time. I Liked the old Burroughs stack microarchitecture, everything ran in a stack, with both data and code having/running in their own stacks with hardware dedicated pointers to the top and bottom of the code and data stacks, just try and overflow/underflow those stacks, an interrupt would be generated in the CPU’s own core and the task would be flushed by the MCP. It’s a wonder no one has revived the old stack microarchitecture and used it for routers, and other internet facing assets, using a microprocessor based version of that innovative Burroughs stack microarchitecture.
James Clifford looks like a
James Clifford looks like a very unhappy version of Tom Brokaw. PC industry isn’t the happiest place on earth, of course.