Chekib Akrout, Corporate Vice President of Technology Development, AMD
Akrout may have the toughest job in technology: the unenviable task of trying to leapfrog the Intel technology juggernaut. One of Akrout's focuses right now is on AMD’s 2011 goal of achieving Fusion -- the long-awaited integration of CPU and GPU capabilities on a single piece of silicon. That development effort has the potential to deliver huge breakthroughs in performance for AMD. In the shorter term, Akrout's team is set to roll out Thuban, a new 45-nanometer processor due out in the first half of 2010 that boasts six cores, a client-side first for AMD.