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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  • wut - Monday, July 27, 2020 - link

    TMG won't survive on its own. Might as well sign its death warrant if you separate it out
  • Kamen Rider Blade - Monday, July 27, 2020 - link

    I don't see it that way. It'll be a GloFlo competitor, a very dangerous one fighting for production contracts.
  • throAU - Monday, July 27, 2020 - link

    Sounds very much to me like deckchairs on the titanic.
  • FunBunny2 - Monday, July 27, 2020 - link

    does seem odd that something as 'cut and dried' as physics could be so political!! either you understand Mother Nature, and follow her rules, or you fail. 99.99999% of the time, tech fail happens because the tightest cabal gets to make the decisions irrespective of what Mother Nature wants. bureaucracy infects the best of the private sector.
  • MrVibrato - Tuesday, July 28, 2020 - link

    Mother Nature wants to shrink our brains, not them process nodes.
    (No, i am not even joking...)
  • 808Hilo - Tuesday, July 28, 2020 - link

    ..has shrunk brains. The process is ongoing. Average IQ of female worldwide has hit a new low and now stands at IQ79.
  • PeachNCream - Tuesday, July 28, 2020 - link

    I'm not even sure where to begin with this one so instead it's probably for the best that we all back away slowly.
  • Spunjji - Friday, July 31, 2020 - link

    Yeah, it's fractally wrong. I really wish there was a flag function on here.
  • Peskarik - Tuesday, July 28, 2020 - link

    When a "happy house" does not produce income, one should change the girls, not move the beds around.
  • Carmen00 - Tuesday, July 28, 2020 - link

    Holy ****, that's a disturbing comment.

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