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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  • JKflipflop98 - Tuesday, July 28, 2020 - link

    Dude, Charlie Demerjian is the biggest idiot on the internet. He writes 15 anti-intel articles a day. When one of them actually sticks by sheer law of probability, he gets to say "see! I told ya so!" and for some reason there's a group of people that actually fall for his crap.
  • 808Hilo - Tuesday, July 28, 2020 - link

  • Spunjji - Friday, July 31, 2020 - link

    Oh look, the sockpuppet is here to back up the shitty claim of the troll's main account.
  • psychobriggsy - Tuesday, July 28, 2020 - link

    More like a couple of articles a month on Intel, which consistently get things mostly correct due to his connections in the industry. All of the 10nm woes were written about well in advance of them becoming common knowledge. The Cannonlake fiasco. All the server chip delays.

    When Intel does do well, he will praise them.
  • arashi - Tuesday, July 28, 2020 - link

    Some people can't handle the truth, that someone's better connected than them, so they resort to putting him down in public forums lol.
  • SkyBill40 - Thursday, July 30, 2020 - link

    I don't know if he's gone the route of the Texas Sharpshooter... but he's been far more than semi accurate in most instances.
  • Spunjji - Friday, July 31, 2020 - link

    @JKflipflop98 Your comment translated to plain English: "Charlie's wrong. My argument in favour of this is based on an obviously incorrect ad-hominem, wild hyperbole, and a total miscount of the proportion of right vs. wrong articles he writes."

    Well done, you convinced me that you're a tool.
  • TristanSDX - Monday, July 27, 2020 - link

    2025: Intel is fabless, waiting in queue for scarce TSMC capacity, behind AMD, Apple, NV and others, jerking at Samsung and calculating if it will be better to move to their fabs.
  • Kamen Rider Blade - Monday, July 27, 2020 - link

    I'm thinking 2023 is when Intel is going Fabless like AMD.

    The Board Members are looking for a Engineer to promote to CEO position.

    And if Raja Koduri does "Well Enough" with Xe, (NOTE: it doesn't have to beat AMD, just get close enough that iterative improvements will match or beat AMD GPU's at their expected SKU/Performance tier or be competitive). Then I can forsee Raja Koduri eventually being the engineer to promote to the Intel CEO position.
  • whatthe123 - Tuesday, July 28, 2020 - link

    Raja is the guy that botched GPU launches at AMD after getting promoted to VP then "resigned." After he resigned AMD recovered a lot of ground in one generation. I'm not entirely sure how or why intel picked him up when even AMD gave him the boot.

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