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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  • bill44 - Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - link

    10nm: "The process technology was originally set to have been in production in 2016"

    "Normally we expect to see a new major manufacturing process every 18-36 months"

    If 10nm was expected in 2016 & new major manufacturing process every 36 months, 7nm probably was planned for 2019.

    Is it possible 7nm will be ready before 10nm? Or, 10nm will be short lived?
  • A5 - Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - link

    IIRC, Intel always had 7nm as their first EUV node. I would guess that is just as delayed as 10nm has been.
  • HStewart - Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - link

    Intel could just rename 10nm to 7nm - which is known that Intel 10nm >= others 7nm anyway.
  • sa666666 - Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - link

    'Known' to you, at least. You do realize just because you keep repeating something doesn't make it true, right? What you're saying is entirely supposition, and you have no proof whatsoever that this is true. But because it fits your worldview, you keep on repeating it.

    I think that's why many people here find you annoying. Not because of you eternal love for anything Intel (although that is annoying in an OCD way), but because you keep repeating stuff not known to be facts as if they are absolutely true. You're talking out of your ass much of the time, and don't really have a solid understanding of what you're spewing.
  • hanselltc - Thursday, October 18, 2018 - link

    Pretty sure it doesn't take 10 minutes of googling to find out what happaned to nodes other than intel's when finfet became a thing?
  • Lord of the Bored - Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - link

    [citation needed]
  • msroadkill612 - Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - link

    If amd were making 7nm bulldozers now, they would be uncompetitive against 14nm.

    The fact remains, that monolithic and ring/mesh bus architecture chips have been shown to not be the competitive way forward from here.

    The writing was on the wall long ago, but intel thought it could dictate to the market what suited intel, and now its too late.
  • GreenReaper - Thursday, October 18, 2018 - link

    So, uh, what's your alternative? Last I heard Threadripper had pretty high interconnect power usage too. I like the cut of AMD's jib, but more cores aren't free for either party; for most use-cases four or six will be plenty. It's certainly nice to have higher-end options to bring the price down, though.
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