Robert Hallock, Director of Technical Marketing at AMD, has formally announced his departure from AMD after 12+ years with the company. In a LinkedIn post, Hallock states that he is looking to explore new opportunities and experiences.
Hallock was a key figure in communicating some of AMD’s core technologies for consumers over the years including 3D V-Cache, FreeSync. etc. Hallock goes on to thank his former colleagues as well as the PC hardware media and the community at Reddit and Discord.
Hallock closes by states that he’s unsure of his future and he has immediate plans as of yet but he’ll be travelling and taking time off at the moment.
After just over 12 adventure-packed years at AMD, I’m leaving to explore new opportunities and experiences. Over the years, I’ve had the honor and privilege of publicly teaching others about some truly stellar innovation: the Zen core family, 3D V-Cache, chiplet packaging, HBM memory, FreeSync, low-overhead graphics APIs, and much more. After working in both graphics and processors for roughly 6 years each, I’ve learned so much.
I’m drinking coffee on a Monday morning, and it has been strange not to flip through emails for the first time since 2010! But it has made me a bit nostalgic, and I wanted to publicly thank a few people past and present who had an outsized impact on my time at AMD:
– Darren McPhee for taking a chance on me when I was young.
– Chris Kilburn For supporting my growth at AMD.
– David McAfee for listening and advocating when things felt pear-shaped.
– Kevin Lensing For letting this random RTG guy he’d never met try his hand at this whole “Zen” thing.
– Chris H. for believing that “technical marketing” was worth building at AMD.
– Ian Cutress for always having the most interesting and thoughtful briefings.
– Joel Hruska for always acting with trust and integrity as we talked through the fine details of hard topics in hardware.
– The AMD community on r/AMD and Discord for years of great talks, great questions, and honest feedback. @AMD_Robert is retired.
– The PC hardware reviewer community for years of talking shop about cool new hardware.
– And last, but not least: AMD itself for supporting a culture that values good data, honest data, and taking the bad with the good.
Thank you all for being good teachers and colleagues. The semiconductor industry is very small, and I’ve had the good fortune to see it at its best with the cast above. Now, I’m not sure what happens next; I’ll be taking some time travel and think about that. But if it looks a little bit like what I’ve seen, lived, and loved at AMD: I’ll be grateful.
With gratitude and sincerity,