Dr. Venkata (Murthy) Renduchintala, director of hardware development for the chip manufacturer, leaves Intel. As the company announced, Dr. Venkata will say goodbye to the company on August 3rd. In parallel with the director's departure, Intel announced major reorganizations among executives – the move comes as no surprise, as the company's shares began a spectacular fall last Friday after CEO Bob Swan raised the possibility of the chip maker outsourcing mass production of its planned processors.
The announcement was preceded last week by a distinctly optimistic quarterly financial report, although Intel already mentioned in it that it was postponing its plans to start the 7-nanometer manufacturing process by six months. The company’s first such consumer tiles will therefore be released towards the end of 2022 at the earliest. Although Intel did not disclose the exact reason for Dr. Venkata's departure, there is a good chance that these interruptions are behind it.
The resigning director was enticed by the company from Qualcomm in early 2016, after which Dr. Venkata led the Technology Systems Architecture and Client Group, from designing the manufacturer's chips through manufacturing to developing its additional hardware. The company is now splitting the hardware “array” into five separate teams that will work separately on technology development, engineering design, architectural development, manufacturing, and supply chain management. The team leaders will report directly to the CEO of Intel.
The Technology Development team will be led by Dr. Ann Kelleher, who until now has held a senior position in manufacturing processes at the company. Dr. Kelleher will be responsible for the development of the 7- and 5-nanometer manufacturing processes, and Dr. Mike Mayberry, the current head of development, will assist Dr. Kelleher as a consultant until his retirement at the end of 2020. Dr. Mayberry, by the way, spent no less than 36 years at Intel.
The Manufacturing and Operations division, Keyvan Esfarjani, continues to work under the auspices of NSG (Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group), which has been responsible for strategic, capacity expansion and manufacturing responsibilities. Esfarjani will now take over the management of global manufacturing operations and continue Dr. Kelleher’s previous work. Josh Walden will be temporarily in charge of the third team, Design Engineering, and the chip maker will continue to seek the final candidate for the position.
the branch working on the dedicated graphics portfolio will continue to operate under the leadership of Raja Koduri. Similarly, supply chain management will be led by Dr. Randhir Thakur at the head of the Supply Chain Division.
Gellert is Technology Editor at Counting News Media and contributor at other major tech publications. Her interests includes testing new gadgets and reading.