Its based on the contract they signed when they were hired. MOST companies will have it in the contract, that should they be terminated, they are NOT to reveal any company confidential material. That material is marked as such.
The thing is, I'm not sure how much AMD can do about it, if they have a licensing deal for IP with Intel (which I believe they do in GPUs, I know Intel does with Nvidia, I thought AMD and Intel worked another one as part of a deal on x86 licensing but its hard to keep up with all of that type of stuff). Frankly, it might actually even benefit AMD if Raja were to heavily base their GPU around similar ideas, as think if Intel and AMD shared fairly similar GPU architectures, it would help them both against Nvidia (who has the marketshare right now, both are chasing). I've actually been somewhat waiting for an announcement along those lines, as I think it makes quite a bit of sense (helps Intel adapt to the market quickly, helps AMD gain software development and gives developers more reason to target their stuff; and I'd guess both will be rapidly advancing new graphics architectures due to changes in the market and the need to adopt new things like APUs and mGPU where the chips need to be coherent across both). And if Nvidia makes a fuss, they can possibly make the argument that adopting a more standard base architecture is beneficial due to the software development being so complex (and that being where most of the differentiation in the computing industry is), especially as gains from the manufacturing processes become harder to come by.
No. Look at the Google vs Uber lawsuits. No engineer or company wants to be in that position.
Er, I take it you didn't pay attention to how that case worked out then? The engineer in question made, IIRC, millions (maybe tens or even hundreds of millions, since he formed a startup after leaving Waymo, which Uber bought for $680million not long after - and there's almost certainly no way the guy had accrued $680 million in assets that quickly so Uber was paying mostly for him and his knowledge knowing it was based on Waymo technology), and Uber settled for like $200-300million in stock (meaning, Google is vested in Uber doing well, so its in their interest not to make them pay). Uber likely gained hundreds of millions of dollars worth of knowledge from that situation (so they really probably didn't lose anything), even if they don't use any of Waymo's software or hardware, just the knowledge of Google/Waymo's plans gives Uber a competitive advantage. The knowledge of how much farther ahead Waymo is likely saved them billions that they were planning on developing their own stuff (hence them chasing shortcut by hiring the guy in the first place), which now they'll focus on using their data mining as their advantage and let others chase the hard stuff. Their CEO actually even admitted that had been their plan (Google would do the development of the autonomous vehicle tech, while Uber did the app and associated data; they got scared when hearing rumors that Google was doing their own ridesharing service).
This seems like exactly what they are doing.
Ashraf has been spot on with his information. He had genuine sources. And while I felt that he liked Intel, he also didn't shy away from telling the truth about the company.
I hate to say this, but maybe he was "bought out" by Intel. You can see in the tech world, top journalists have been sent to work at many corporations.
When it comes to morality, vast majority of people tread the grey area. If they are given enough financial incentives, they will likely say "Oh I deserve a break, what the hell" and take it.
Eh, I think its very likely that they recognized the guy's ability to understand the market and saw it as an asset, as Intel has had some very well known blunders where they chased markets that they didn't understand and wasted billions to have nothing to show for it because of their ignorance of the market (and belief that they could dominate it just because they were Intel). Raja arguably had similar problems at AMD, where they didn't know how to market products. Plus, let's not forget they're really going up against Nvidia who has been leveraging marketing as major factor in their success, so simply being able to understand the marketing games and how to get people to see beyond them would be almost necessary. AMD hasn't been able to.
The proof will be in the pudding, so I'm not sure how you people think he could help gloss over much if Intel's performance (in any measure, be it perf/W, perf/$) is lackluster. Plus just look at threads like this and others about Intel GPU, they clearly will need to do a lot to gain confidence in their GPU division, that even decent performance alone won't fix.