Updated at 3:45 p.m. PDT, adding discussion about Sean Maloney and David Perlmutter. Intel Developer Forum chip news
took a backseat to a major executive shake-up at the chipmaker on Monday.
Much of the spotlight now falls on two key executives, Sean Maloney and David "Dadi" Perlmutter, who will co-manage the reorganized--and massive--Intel Architecture Group.
"This didn't happen overnight. This has been in the works for a few months," Intel spokesman Chuck Mulloy said. Perlmutter's rise
is not a mystery. He is connected to the Israel-based team that was responsible for the successful Centrino chip platform. "He managed the team that launched the technology that became Centrino," Mulloy said. And he headed the development of the equally successful Intel Core 2 duo--which is closely tied to Centrino--family of products.
Some observers believe that Israel's power efficiency-centric development group saved Intel, when its traditional strategy of cranking up single-core chip speeds to unsustainable levels began to falter.
And Apple CEO Steve Jobs heaped superlatives on Intel's dual-core architecture at Apple's annual shareholder meeting in April 2006. "This new (Intel Core Duo) chip is phenomenal--it blows away anything other suppliers have, including our former suppliers," Jobs said. Apple made the switch to Intel, largely based on the new--at that time--Intel Core architecture.
Maloney, most recently, has been Intel's globetrotter (unofficially) and its sales chief (officially). He travels constantly and had been based in the critically important Asia-Pacific region from 1995 to 1998, managing Intel's sales and marketing activities there. He was promoted to senior vice president in 1999 and executive vice president in 2001.
Maloney also led the Intel Communications Group, which was not considered to be a success in… Read more