Feeds

AMD co-founder Ed Turney dies

Death of a chip salesman

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Obituary Ed Turney, a co-founder of AMD responsible for building the company's first sales team, died Wednesday in Cupertino California. He was 79.

The cause was brain cancer, his brother George said in a statement.

Born March 26, 1929, Turney joined the US Navy at the age of 18 after graduating high school. He was trained as an electronics technician and served in the Korean War.

Turney's work in the semiconductor industry began in 1963 after a meeting with Jerry Sanders, a regional sales manager for Fairchild Semiconductor. The two struck up a lasting friendship, and Turney joined the firm as a salesman.

Sanders and Turney, along with seven other ex-Fairchild executives, left Fairchild in 1969 to found Sunnyvale-based AMD. One of his first roles at the firm was overseeing the construction of the firm's first chip fabrication plants.

Turney "was instrumental in our securing the best distribution network in the United States," said Sanders in a statement. "He built those critical relationships at the distributor level that were key to our business."

Turney left AMD in 1974, two years after its initial public offering. He spent the rest of his career working for a series of small semiconductor companies and later, as a consultant to start-ups.

He was buried October 18 at Gates of Heaven Cemetery in Los Altos, California. ®

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
Xperia Z3: Crikey, Sony – ANOTHER flagship phondleslab?
The Fourth Amendment... and it IS better
Don't wait for that big iPad, order a NEXUS 9 instead, industry little bird says
Google said to debut next big slab, Android L ahead of Apple event
Microsoft to enter the STRUGGLE of the HUMAN WRIST
It's not just a thumb war, it's total digit war
Ex-US Navy fighter pilot MIT prof: Drones beat humans - I should know
'Missy' Cummings on UAVs, smartcars and dying from boredom
Netscape Navigator - the browser that started it all - turns 20
It was 20 years ago today, Marc Andreeesen taught the band to play
A drone of one's own: Reg buyers' guide for UAV fanciers
Hardware: Check. Software: Huh? Licence: Licence...?
The Apple launch AS IT HAPPENED: Totally SERIOUS coverage, not for haters
Fandroids, Windows Phone fringe-oids – you wouldn't understand
Apple SILENCES Bose, YANKS headphones from stores
The, er, Beats go on after noise-cancelling spat
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.