News today from OregonLive, a reputable source on news out of Intel, has posted that Intel is set to reorganize its manufacturing group. Spurred by the retirement of Sohail Ahmed next month, who has led the group since 2016, the Technology and Manufacturing Group will be split between the Technology Development, Manufacturing and Operations, and the Supply Chain.

Intel’s delays in its 10nm process technology have been extensively discussed, although the reasons behind it have rarely been aired in public. The process technology was originally set to have been in production in 2016, and although Intel officially ‘shipped for revenue’ an obscure 10nm part in 2017, we are still waiting on the 10nm process to hit the primetime. Normally we expect to see a new major manufacturing process every 18-36 months, however the difficulties Intel has faced by attempting to implement a raft of new features down at the 10nm level have proved bigger than expected.

After the retirement of Ahmed, the full three groups will be headed up by different managers already at Intel:

  • Technology Development, to be led by CTO Mike Mayberry*
  • Manufacturing and Operations, led by Ann Kelleher
  • Supply Chain, led by Randhir Thakur

*Mike Mayberry was the head of Intel Labs. Rich Uhlig will be the new interim manager for Intel Labs.

How the three groups will work together has not yet been determined. As this is still during the transition to 10nm, there could be additional challenges in splitting the groups. This is also on the back of Intel still not having a CEO, after Krzanich was removed earlier this year. Given Intel’s predicted six-month search for a new CEO, we should be hearing about it soon.

Source: OregonLive

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  • Targon - Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - link

    Ryzen came out at Global, and surprised Intel with how competitive it was. Clock speeds are the only area that AMD is currently behind on. Since this article talks about Intel production, it is easy to say that Intel is well behind where it was supposed to be at this point, and heads are rolling as a result.
  • HStewart - Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - link

    This sounds to me very smart what they are doing.

    Keep new technology separate for manufacturing is smart - it like demand of existing products has hurt 10 nm development and they need to keep up with demand at same time not have existing products demand hurt new development.

    The title is a little misleading - it not really splitting manufacturing - maybe for last two cases but it basically switching R&D from production. But it also possible that "Manufacturing and Operations" has some R&D development - I would think Node development is different that actual process functionality development. For example, new functionality like Security fixes in hardware should not required 10nm.
  • JKflipflop98 - Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - link

    So basically we're going back to doing what we were doing six years ago before the Ramp/PTD merge. Great.
  • CaedenV - Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - link

    Granted, what they were doing 6 years ago worked, so this is not a terrible idea.
  • SharpEars - Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - link

    Ian, do you spellcheck your posts before putting them in front of millions of people?

    "producion"??? Seriously?
  • Ian Cutress - Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - link

    Written on a smartphone while on the move. If you hate my speed spelling, you should read my live blogs.
  • hanselltc - Thursday, October 18, 2018 - link

    Just a curious question: do you not bring a keyboard around? Before I had my laptop for college I bought my K63 around for doing essays and takign notes with an iPad.
  • SharpEars - Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - link

    Also, it's "hit primetime" not "hit the primetime."
  • Ian Cutress - Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - link

    A beg to differ on this one. Perhaps it's a regional idiomatic thing.
  • Farfolomew - Monday, October 22, 2018 - link

    Back off buddy! 'Your' being annoying ...

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