Intel has announced a major restructuring of its leadership position in several key areas of its extensive chip business.
In a statement released yesterday, the company’s CEO, Bob Swan, unveiled the changes, highlighting the need to accelerate product leadership and improve focus and accountability when executing process technologies.
When it comes to deciphering the corporate language, the step seems to be due to several months of testing for Intel. Last month, the chip giant announced a six-month delay in its 7nm roadmap, which would push its release by no later than the end of 2022 or even early 2023. Intel determined a so-called defect mode in our 7 nm process, which led to a deterioration in the yield. ‘
These manufacturing problems are exacerbated by rival AMD’s ubiquitous competition. Team Red has consistently launched quality products in the past year, skilfully closing the gap between performance and value. In the 7nm arena alone, AMD is miles ahead with a variety of chips already using the process node, mainly in its Ryzen and Radeon products. At the same time, long-time Intel customer Apple announced that it would give up Intel CPUs and instead opt for its own MacM processors for future Mac and MacBook products.
Murthy Renduchintala, Chief Engineering Officer and Group President of Technology, Systems Architecture and Client Group, will leave the company on August 3. With Renduchintala’s departure, Intel divides the technology, system architecture and customer group into separate teams, the executives of which report directly to CEO Swan.
“I look forward to working directly with these talented and experienced technology leaders, each of whom is committed to driving Intel through this critical phase. We have the most diverse portfolio of leadership products in our history and, thanks to our six pillars of the innovation and disaggregation strategy, much more flexibility in the manufacture, packaging and delivery of these products for our customers. “
Dr. Ann Kelleher will lead the technology development:
Kelleher, an experienced Intel executive, was the head of Intel manufacturing, where the COVID-19 pandemic ensured continued operations while increasing delivery capacity to meet customer needs and the growth of Intel’s 10nm process to accelerate. She will now lead the development of Intel technology with a focus on 7nm and 5nm processes. “
Keyvan Esfarjani now manufactures and operates:
Esfarjani most recently headed manufacturing for Intel’s Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group (NSG). In this role, he set the vision and strategy for Intel’s memory manufacturing and led a rapid capacity expansion. He will now head the global manufacturing operations and continue Kelleher’s work to drive the product ramp and expansion of new factory capacity. “
Josh Walden will temporarily head design engineering while Intel is looking for a permanent, world-class replacement:
“Walden is a proven market leader in technology manufacturing and platform development. Most recently, he headed the Intel Product Assurance and Security Group (IPAS), which will continue to report to him. “
Raja Koduri will continue to be responsible for architecture, software and graphics, and Dr. Randhir Thakur will continue to head the Supply Chain department.