In July 2012, it was reported that Bob Feldstein, the corporate vice president of business development at AMD, left the company to go to work at NVIDIA. Now AMD has filed a lawsuit against Feldstein and three other ex-AMD workers claiming that they stole over 100,000 secret documents from the company.
ZDNet.com reports that the lawsuit, filed on Monday, alleges that Feldstein worked with ex-AMD managers Manoo Desai, Nicolas Kociuk and Richard Hagen to take the electronic files, which AMD says includes “obviously confidential, proprietary, and/or trade secret materials relating to developing technology and/or highly confidential business strategy.”
AMD says that some of the files that were taken include “two licensing agreements with significant customers, and a document outlining proposed strategies to AMD‘s strategic licensing.” AMD says that if these secrets were revealed to a competitor, such as NVIDIA, it would offer them “an unfair advantage.”
AMD is seeking a temporary restraining order against the four people listed in the lawsuit along with a court order to preserve any copies of the electronic documents they may have taken. So far, there’s been no comment from the four ex-AMD employees nor has there been any comment from NVIDIA.
Before leaving AMD, Feldstein was credited for securing agreements with Microsoft to have its Radeon graphics chips inside the Xbox 360 game console, along with the Wii and Wii U consoles from Nintendo. It’s rumored that the next game consoles from Sony and Microsoft will also have AMD made processors and graphics chips inside.
AMD claims some ex-employees stole secret files before going to NVIDIA.
GPU maker NVIDIA declared it dead already, even Intel predicted its ultimate demise and now a futurologist is putting another nail in the coffin of Moore’s Law: Michio Kaku said that 10 years from now the aforementioned law will flat out, forcing the tech industry to find viable alternatives to the now-standard microchips made of silicon.
Kaku, an American theoretical physicist known for his work on the string theory and his role as a “science communicator”, recently addressed the issues that the microprocessors industry will face in the upcoming future: soon CPUs will not be able to double their performance every two years or so as predicted by the practical rule thought up by Intel co-founder Gordon E. Moore in 1965.
In fact, Kaku explained, Moore’s Law is already slowing down: Intel is now “tweaking” its silicon-based technology with tri-gate three-dimensional transistors (Ivy Bridge), but when the shrinking of technology nodes will come to five nanometers and beyond the laws of physics will do justice of the so-called “Moore’s Law”.
Michio Kaku: Tweaking Moore’s Law and the Computers of the Post-Silicon Era
After that, Kaku suggested, there is only uncertainty: in what the scientist called the “post-silicon” era, the industry will probably tweak current technologies (optical chips, three-dimensional designs, extreme multi-core architectures) to further evolve microchips but there will not be a doubled performance per biennium anymore.
At the end of the Moore’s Law cycle, Kaku foresaw molecular (organic-based) chips and quantum computers as possible candidates to inherit the reign of silicon. In this latter case, however, humanity will have to wait until the late 21st century to see the issues of this still immature technology overcome.
Moore’s law will be dead soon. Again – Neowin.