Intel Shakeup Sees Chief Engineer Depart After Next-Gen Chips Delayed

Intel Shakeup Sees Chief Engineer Depart After Next-Gen Chips Delayed

Intel Chief Engineer Murthy Renduchintala is leaving the company, per a press release on Monday. "They have a lot of core strength but that's one of the legs of the stool that needs some help". He was executive vice president of Qualcomm Inc QCOM.O , and has been on Accenture's ACN.N board since April 2018.

With the sweeping changes, Intel said it hopes to "improve focus and accountability in process technology execution". Mike Mayberry, the company's chief technology officer who previously led the group, will consult and assist with the leadership transition until his retirement at the end of the year.

On that note, Reuters says that Renduchintala will be replaced by Ann Kelleher, a 24-year veteran at the company who will lead the development for both its 7nm and 5nm endeavour.

Manufacturing and Operations. Led by Keyvan Esfarjani, this team will continue Kelleher's work driving product ramp and the build-out of new fab capacity.

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The new organization breaks up the Technology, Systems Architecture and Client Group into five entities: Technology Development; Manufacturing and Operations; Design Engineering; Architecture Software and Graphics; and Supply Chain.

The last few weeks have been nothing short of a nightmare for Intel, after it was forced to announce its next generation 7nm would be delayed by another six months. "I also want to thank Murthy for his leadership in helping Intel transform our technology platform". However, a defect mode caused the yields to degrade overtime for its 7nm process.

But don't worry guys, Intel is aware of the issues - and that the company has "root-caused the issue and believe there are no fundamental roadblocks" explains Swan. In total, the delays will now push Intel's first 7nm chips out to 2022, some 12 months behind its original forecasts.

Intel is even putting in place contingencies that could see its chips fabricated by third parties if it can't get its own foundries online - AMD, Intel's principal competitor, is already producing CPUs, APUs and GPUs using the 7nm process.

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