Intel this week named Michael Mayberry its new Chief Technology Officer effective immediately. The new CTO will be responsible for Intel’s global research and technology development efforts. In addition, the company confirmed establishment of its Product Assurance & Security Group (PASG) and appointed a new human resource officer.

As CTO, Dr. Michael Mayberry will lead Intel’s research efforts in computing and communications. In addition, he will keep his position of the managing director of Intel Labs, an organization that cooperates with and sponsors various researchers around the world. At present, Intel Labs lists quantum computing, neuromorphic computing and semiconductor research among its key areas of interests, so the range of technologies that Dr. Mayberry will oversee at Intel and Intel Labs will be quite broad. It is also noteworthy that Dr. Mayberry has an extensive expertise in chip production technologies and was at the helm of Intel’s Components Research from 2005 to present day. As the head of Components Research, he was responsible for finding viable materials for Intel’s future process technologies. Dr. Mayberry holds a Ph.D. in physical chemistry and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and mathematics.

Being a very large corporation, Intel has many executives who oversee development of various technologies and programs — there are different people responsible for CPU and GPU architectures, platforms, storage technologies, comms, manufacturing processes and so on. Meanwhile, the position of CTO at Intel is something so broad that it can barely be described more or less precisely. In fact, Dr. Mayberry will be the third CTO in Intel’s history after Pat Gelsinger and Justin Rattner. After the former resigned from the position in mid-2013, it remained vacant for nearly half of a decade. Apparently, Intel now wants to bring the position back, possibly in an effort to prioritize its global research efforts on a general level. In the last 18 months, Intel made a number of important strategic decisions, including withdrawal from mobile SoC business and return to discrete GPU business. Perhaps, it is time for someone to connect the dots at Intel for a longer term run, hence, the appointment of a CTO. Given how sophisticated today’s manufacturing of semiconductors is, Dr. Mayberry’s experience with materials and chemistry will be particularly useful.

In addition to naming the new CTO, Intel confirmed formation of the Product Assurance & Security Group. The PASG will be led by Leslie Culbertson, who has been with Intel since 1979 and most recently she served as senior vice president and director of human resources. The main task of the PASG will be Intel’s “cross-company efforts to continuously improve product security,” but Intel did not elaborate any further. Meanwhile, Matthew M. Smith will be Intel’s new chief human resource officer.

Last but not least Intel promoted Dr. Ann B. Kelleher, the head of the company’s Technology Manufacturing Group, to senior vice president rank. Her responsibilities remain the same: strategic planning of Intel’s worldwide manufacturing operations, supply chain management, quality assurance and so on.

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  • HStewart - Friday, February 2, 2018 - link

    "I'm waiting for the cynical comments suggesting Intel simply stopped R&D during this period."

    Back in 2013 Intel was Haswell, not even 14nm process

    I have an original Surface Pro 1 - which has the 3317U which was re;ease during this time frame and right before Haswell's came out. And comparing it performance to say the m3-6y30 which I on currently - I would say they are about equal in performance
  • HStewart - Friday, February 2, 2018 - link

    BTW during most of that time AMD was on Bulldoser CPU's - between 2011-2017

    It is interesting that people compain about how long Intel's 10nm took to come out it appears the current Zen Architexture was being developed during the same time line. Officially started in 2012

    "AMD began planning the Zen microarchitecture shortly after re-hiring Jim Keller in August 2012.[39] AMD formally revealed Zen in 2015."

    it shows it takes time to R&D a new architexture in CPU - AMD Revealed Zen in 2015 but took another 2 years to get out.
  • Kevin G - Sunday, February 4, 2018 - link

    Intel never stopped R&D, they just hit a brick wall between 10 nm difficulties and their own strict design rules. Post Sky Lake, if a feature increased performance by 2% it could make the chip consumer more than 1% more power. This forced an ever increasing performance/watt efficiency. The problem isn't the lack performance options, just they they'd blow the power budget. This is in conjunction with problems getting 14 nm out initially as well as the massive delays in 10 nm. Intel's public road map has been spinning their wheels with rebrands but their

    Ice Lake is said to be an entirely new architecture not based off of the current evolutionary heritage. Case in point is that Ice Lake is the first chip to drop some ancient legacy modes for 8 bit and 16 bit code to simplify x86 designs.

    However, all is clearly not well inside Intel. Their integrated GPU team was pretty much laid off and Raja was brought in. Knight's Hill was recently cancelled. due to 10 nm delays though the Knight's family hasn't formally ended. 3D Xpoint having difficulty getting all the way out the door though part of are platform issues in Sky Lake-X. Xeon + FPGA packages are also no where to be seen, though Broadwell-EP with on package FPGA were sampled to partners. Intel has also been purchasing outside companies under the new CEO. Altera and Nervana are the two most mentioned but there have been a wave of smaller firms being absorbed to fill some very specific niches. Under the old leadership, they had a plan of x86 anywhere and now I don't know what their plans are.
  • peevee - Monday, February 5, 2018 - link

    Oh... nobody was flogging the slaves for the failure of 10nm... Reply
  • peevee - Monday, February 5, 2018 - link

    What happened with the old CTO? Got sacked for the failure of 10nm process? Reply
  • peevee - Monday, February 5, 2018 - link

    Can we please get an article with the full story of Intel 10nm fiasco, from the first promises to the modern day? Reply
  • mode_13h - Thursday, February 8, 2018 - link

    I imagine Intel will be spending a bit of time & effort trying to find security bugs in AMD products... Reply

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