We are still waiting for 10 nm to happen at Intel, and although we have recently received some good news about those chips, they won’t be available until the end of 2019. The problems at Intel could be alleviated thanks to a strategic change that the company is proposing. Sohail Ahmed, who was in charge of the manufacturing group since 2016, will retire next month, and that will lead to a number of major changes in manufacturing management at Intel.
Intel will divide its manufacturing group into three new segments led by different managers, but there is no information on how the three groups will collaborate. The decision to split the manufacturing division is important, and comes at a weird time given that there hasn’t been a replacement for Krzanich, who left the company in June 2018 after violating Intel’s non-fraternization policy. Chief Financial Officer Bob Swan is leading the company as the interim CEO, but the six month process to find a new leader should clarify things at the company.
The three new segments that will replace the previous division are:
- Technology Development, to be led by CTO Mike Mayberry
- Manufacturing and Operations, led by Ann Kelleher
- Supply Chain, led by Randhir Thakur
The three groups will be under the direction of Venkata “Murthy” Renduchintala, a former Qualcomm top executive. Let’s hope the decision to split the manufacturing helps to solve those big problems Intel has had with the transition to 10 nm chips. Source: OregonLive