Report: Former Intel Exec Koduri, Now at Generative AI Start-up, in Acquisition Talks with Indian Data Center Operator

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Raja Koduri

Raja Koduri, the former senior Intel architect who led the company’s accelerated computing and graphics chip efforts, is in acquisition discussions with a major data center operator in India for the generative AI software company Koduri joined after leaving Intel in March.

According to a Reuters story, Koduri’s still unnamed startup could partner or acquire Yotta, a data center operator based near Mumbai. Koduri told Reuters the start-up will probably be launched by the end of this year and will build AI tools for game designers and the film industry.

“These days, if you breath you’re competing with Nvidia because they have entered every space, everything, so you have no option but to compete against (them),” he told Reuters.

The article states that Koduri intends to assemble local data centers to deliver the massive computing power that generative AI tools need.

It also was reported that Koduri is joining the board of Tenstorrent, a RISC-V-based AI chip startup in Toronto led by Jim Keller, a prominent chip architect whose career has encompassed Tesla, Intel, Apple and AMD. Koduri, for his part, has had leadership architecture roles at AMD and Apple before his tenure at Intel.