Coming in the wake of last week’s disclosure that their 7nm yields are roughly a full year behind schedule, Intel this afternoon has announced that they are reorganizing the technology side of the company. Key to this change is that Intel is breaking up its monolithic Technology, Systems Architecture and Client Group (TSCG) into several smaller groups, all of which will report directly to CEO Bob Swan. Meanwhile Intel’s chief engineering officer, Dr. Murthy Renduchintala, who had been leading the TSCG, will be departing the company at the end of next week. The reorganization is effective immediately.

As a result of this reorganization, TSCG is being broken up into five groups focusing on manufacturing and architecture. These are:

  • Technology Development: Focused on developing next-generation process nodes. Led by Dr. Ann Kelleher.
  • Manufacturing and Operations: Focused on ramping current process nodes and building out new fab capacity. Led by Keyvan Esfarjani.
  • Design Engineering: A recently-created group responsible for Intel’s technology manufacturing and platform engineering. Led on an interim basis by Josh Walden while Intel searches for a permanent leader.
  • Architecture, Software and Graphics: Developing Intel’s architectures and associated software stacks. Led by Raja Koduri (continuing).
  • Supply Chain: Handling Intel’s supply chain and relationships with important suppliers. Led by Dr. Randhir Thakur (continuing).

It should be noted that while Intel’s brief announcement does not mention last week’s disclosure, the timing and resulting personnel changes are unmistakably related to the 7nm delay. Today’s reorganization is the second shuffle for Intel in as many months, as the company reorganized a number of product groups after Jim Keller departed for (honest to goodness) personal reasons.

Meanwhile, TSCG’s former president, Dr. Murthy Renduchintala, will be departing the company on August 3rd. Renduchintala joined Intel in 2015, and for most of the past half-decade has been responsible for overseeing all of TSCG’s efforts, and especially involved in the development of the company’s next-generation process nodes. Intel’s reorganization announcement makes no specific mention of Renduchintala beyond his date of departure, however it is difficult to imagine that this is anything other than Intel pushing out Renduchintala in light of their process woes. More than anything else, Renduchintala was the face of Intel’s monolithic, vertically-integrated design and manufacturing strategy; a strategy that is no more as Intel seriously investigates building parts of leading-edge processes at competing fabs.

Going forward, the task of developing Intel’s 7nm and 5nm process nodes will be led by Dr. Ann Kelleher. Kelleher gets the incredibly important (but less-than-enviable) challenge of getting Intel’s fab development process back on track, as Intel seeks to regain its crown as the world’s leading chip fab. Kelleher was previously the head of Intel’s manufacturing group, overseeing the recent ramp-up of Intel’s 10nm process. Meanwhile Dr. Mike Mayberry, a central figure in Intel’s labs who was already set to retire this year, will be staying on until then to assist in the transition.

Overall, while Intel’s reorganization is unlikely to dramatically change the company’s day-to-day operations, it’s very much the start of a new era for the company. As Intel’s ongoing manufacturing woes have driven them to look towards outside fabs for more products, the company’s traditional vertically-integrated structure is less than ideally suited for the task – and as much as Intel manufacturing would like to keep Intel-designed products within the company, Intel’s chip and architecture groups need to be able to freely look elsewhere. And this reorganization is going to be an important step in enabling that.

Source: Intel

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  • Spunjji - Friday, July 31, 2020 - link

    The incels are flocking Reply
  • willgart - Monday, July 27, 2020 - link

    Intel created a lot of really hot CPUs these years...
    now... everything is burning!!!
    they should invest in a good water cooling solution now...
    Reply
  • Gigaplex - Monday, July 27, 2020 - link

    My GF used an Intel water cooling solution for a while. They've already been there, done that. Reply
  • Lord of the Bored - Monday, July 27, 2020 - link

    They tried cooling water. We got mad at them because they hid it under the table and didn't tell us. Reply
  • MrVibrato - Tuesday, July 28, 2020 - link

    Immersion cooling. Which would be a good opportunity to reanimate "Intel Inside" marketing... ;-P Reply
  • nvmnghia - Monday, July 27, 2020 - link

    Is this an accurate sum up?

    - Raja leads GPU
    - Kelleher leads fab
    - ??? leads CPU
    Reply
  • Quantumz0d - Monday, July 27, 2020 - link

    All these damn comments. 2025 Intel fabless lmao. Who is going to buy ? TSMC or Samsung ? Why not SMIC lol.

    Don't know if Murthy is responsible or not. This reorg won't do shit if the top exec do not fucking care about improving and learning from 10nm mistakes and 7nm issues. This whole Intel meltdown is bad for x86, AMD is innovating that is great but if there is any slight change with x86 the way on how we use computers will change a lot. ARM is always bs custom and always vertical. I just hope Intel is pursuing a technology guy to get the goddamned Ship steer away from iceberg and not that MBA guy.
    Reply
  • psychobriggsy - Tuesday, July 28, 2020 - link

    I think they mean 'intel is leading-edge-fab-less' - Intel may still be making 10nm chips in 2025, although by then the process might be 'good' at last. If Intel 7nm is delayed another year to 2024 (a reasonable assumption given Intel's process issues and disclosure failings), then Intel 5nm, which will surely be scaled back to de-risk, is 2026 at the earliest, whilst competing with TSMC 3nm - a 2023/24 process. Reply
  • wut - Monday, July 27, 2020 - link

    Finally got rid of that jack@$$ Reply
  • Qualquan - Monday, July 27, 2020 - link

    Stop rearranging the Titanic deckchairs. Its past critical!
    Get some Chinese engineers (ignore Trump) from Huwaei. Else from Taiwan or Korea (but that would be difficult with Covid 19 and current political environment). Even Dutch from ASML.
    We have a ruined political environment and attracting good outside talent will be very tough. Maybe after Biden...perhaps.
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