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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  • corinthos - Friday, February 2, 2018 - link

    Tim Cook moonlighting at Intel?
  • HStewart - Friday, February 2, 2018 - link

    Well the image is of Michael Mayberry if you search internet, they do look very close a like. I am sure the Tim and Michael have talk before knowing the relationship between Intel and Apple.
  • Kevin G - Sunday, February 4, 2018 - link

    But can you find a picture with both of them in it? Sort of like me and Batman.... not that I'm saying anything.
  • HStewart - Friday, February 2, 2018 - link

    "including withdrawal from mobile SoC business and return to discrete GPU business"

    1. Intel has not complete remove them from mobile Soc business - it actually depends on what you can Mobile Soc business means - Atom based phones yes - mobile laptop and tablet CPU - are you kidding - this is likely there primary business.

    2. Has Intel had a discrete GPU before - this sounds like a new task in improving there technology's in graphic area. I would not doubt Raju will be involved with.improving iGPU's also. But Raju also will help in Intel connection with Apple.
  • Drumsticks - Friday, February 2, 2018 - link

    Technically, yes, they have had a discrete graphics product before:

    This one actually existed. Larrabee was after that, but it couldn't do graphics very well, and was repurposed as Xeon Phi.
  • HStewart - Friday, February 2, 2018 - link

    From the following link, it looks like this was the first generation of GPU that lead to current iGPU
    So I would not call this return to Discrete GPU.

    To me this sounds like something new is coming down the pipe, likely they are quite concern over both NVidia and AMD in graphics arena.

    It possible that Intel will used Raju in high performance area, but it sounds logical with combination of Kaby Lake G units - not really CPU and also Raju's Apple connection that Raju is going to be used for some mainstream GPU enhancements.

    I don't think the Larrabee and certainly not Xeon Phi was every intended as GPU. The following link states that it not was going to release as GPU - but external performance computing device like Tesla.
  • Kevin G - Sunday, February 4, 2018 - link

    Larrabee was intended to do graphics card work. The ROPs are still on the x100 series die for example. In fact, it was rumored that Intel got the contract for the PS4 and had to abandon it when they couldn't get the software stack for Larrabee as a GPU in order.

    Outside of the PS4, Larrabee was supposed to be the GPU going into Sky Lake. It didn't make it due to its power consumption for mobile parts. The theoretical peak performance was supposed to be fine but again, depended heavily on Intel getting the software side right.

    Intel will likely return to the discrete GPU market as that has seen a very recent high profile run on GPU supply. Pretty much very GPU faster than Intel's integrated offerings are being purchased right now and that's a pretty big, profitable market that currently could fit another player (granted by the time Intel does enter, the crypto-mining bubble will have burst to return GPU pricing to sane levels). With Raja at the helm, Intel could very well develop a new GPU architecture from scratch but I do see them moving toward buying what's left of Imagination and their PowerVR architecture. It is rather power efficient and they have a ray tracing accelerator design that could make waves if it were released to the mainstream. The Imagination patient portfolio is also something as it can be used against various competitors as incorporate more tile based rendering techniques. Considering that Intel's CEO has been on a spending spree acquiring other companies, this could happen in the short term.
  • Vatharian - Saturday, February 3, 2018 - link

    I had Larabee in my hands. It actually could run Crysis Warhead, at quite a bit resolution, but there were artifacts. VPG couldn't fix it before they axed the project, that's one - and second, it wasn't even close in terms of performance to then-flagships, much less products it would compete with after release.

    And while it's rarer than unicorn's fart, they have Valley Vista accelerator.
    It's geared for heavy-duty media transcode, but if VT-d was properly implemented into the drivers, one could actually... maybe not game, but display a desktop. But again, it's a cheat, since it contains full x86 processor.
  • Kevin G - Sunday, February 4, 2018 - link

    Speaking of VCA, I though Intel had a Xeon D variant coming down the pipe with an integrated GPU to handle that market? It was a basic GT2 on the GPU side but the number of transcoders was radically increased. The new Sky Lake-D chips have been spotted on price list recently after being long overdue. I wonder if this project fell off the radar completely.
  • MrSpadge - Friday, February 2, 2018 - link

    "After the former resigned from the position in mid-2013, it remained vacant for nearly half of a decade."

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

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