While Intel’s currently making bank, its disastrous development struggles and halting roadmap for the years ahead are certainly causing Team Blue some concern. As of this week, Intel has announced it’s splitting its manufacturing group into three distinct segments in a massive shake-up aimed at bolstering its development.
The move is tied into the departure of long-time senior VP Sohail Ahmed, who’s been with Intel for 34 years and is currently the head of technology and manufacturing at Intel. Ahmed will be moving on shortly, and Intel will be using this moment to restructure its business.
The Oregonian reports the move has been forced due to “a crisis in Intel manufacturing.” Intel is allegedly years behind schedule on its development of new technologies, including its ongoing struggles with 10nm chip fabrication. 10nm technology was originally roadmapped for 2015 and was recently delayed until late 2019. Meanwhile, AMD is forging ahead with 7nm mass production, leaving Intel for dust.
For whatever reason, Intel is really struggling to keep pace with new technologies, and the hope, evidently, is that restructuring its manufacturing and technology department can deliver a timely boost.
Intel’s technology and manufacturing group will now be split into the following three division:
- Technology development, led by Mike Mayberry.
- Manufacturing and operations, led by Ann Kelleher.
- Supply chain, to be run by Randhir Thakur.
For Intel, the goal is now pretty simple - get 10nm fabrication back on track. The 10nm node has suffered constant delays due to chip defects as Intel struggles with the growing complexity of shrinking nodes, but Intel is confident that good progress is being made on 10nm fabrication and processors should be ready for holiday 2019.
The likes of AMD now find themselves with an open goal. Intel is reshuffling and drastically behind schedule. Barring any unforeseen problems with AMD’s 7nm production, 2019 could shape up to be a very interesting year in the CPU industry...
Source: The Oregonian via Hexus