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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  • yeeeeman - Tuesday, July 28, 2020 - link

    This dude should have been fired long ago. Reply
  • Peskarik - Tuesday, July 28, 2020 - link

    So, some dude messes up the whole thing and then they pass the leadership to a woman.
    Later everyone will say that women cannot lead anything when in reality it was a man who messed up everything in the first place. :-)
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  • SkyBill40 - Thursday, July 30, 2020 - link

    This is a straight up decision making failure here. Gender is wholly irrelevant. Nice try though. Reply
  • Igor_Kavinski - Tuesday, July 28, 2020 - link

    Better late than never. A step in the right direction. Reply
  • azfacea - Tuesday, July 28, 2020 - link

    putting unnecessary stress and work pressure on engineers (who may very well have done an unbelievable job in their circumstances) does not result in additional productivity. quite the opposite it results in losing talent, and results in disinterested engineers. many of whom could very well land better jobs outside intel.

    The clown leadership at intel simply do not comprehend, that their obsession with quarterly numbers is whats got them into this situation.

    They dont comprehend that intel's problem is not lack of runway or operating budget for engineering teams. they have plenty of runway. their problems is lack of engineering goals, lack of engineering vision, lack of touch with the bleeding edge. they lost it cuz they didnt use it. and they definitely are not in the processing of building it back up right now.

    If these clowns could nt see whats wrong with lying about non-existent 5g sillicon, they have no ability to see the problem right now.
    Reply
  • azfacea - Tuesday, July 28, 2020 - link

    to clarify the last bit: recall that intel Photoshop an image to pretend they had 5G sillicon. Just how remarkably dumb do you have to be do not comprehend how much lack of self respect is implied by a such move is beyond me.

    I dont think they comprehended what they were doing was to themselves not to anyone else.
    Reply
  • Spunjji - Friday, July 31, 2020 - link

    That last point... 100%. All of the lies, for so long - about the 10nm, about their 5Ghz 28-core CPU - all of that required engineers having to scramble to keep up and/or knowing that they were going to fail to meet the expectations that were being set. It sucks to operate in an environment where disinformation reigns supreme. Reply
  • Arbie - Tuesday, July 28, 2020 - link

    Sad to see the AT forum sinking to the level of WccfTech - long the gold standard in swamp comments. Well - you get what you moderate. Reply
  • jospoortvliet - Thursday, July 30, 2020 - link

    it is an amazing cesspool today, yes. Wow. Reply
  • SanX - Tuesday, July 28, 2020 - link

    Somebody at AT needs to go too for absence of Edit for 20 years Reply

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