Pat Gelsinger Becomes Intel’s CEO

Posted on February 15, 2021 by Paul Thurrott in Hardware with 8 Comments

Intel announced that Pat Gelsinger has assumed the role of company CEO in keeping with the previously-announced schedule.

“As the incoming CEO, I am just really thrilled that we have the opportunity to take this great icon of a company, this company that has been crucial to every aspect of technology, and have it be that leader again into the future,” Mr. Gelsinger said in a prepared statement. “Because I believe that Intel has a treasure trove of technologists, of technology, and ultimately its core DNA is being that technology leader for the future. I’m just thrilled as a technologist, as a geek at heart, to be able to be in that leadership role to help bring the passions, the history, the opportunity of this great company forward as never before. Our best days are in front of us.”

Gelsinger takes the reins at an important time in history, with Intel facing some major industry headwinds that impact each of its core business units. On the PC, competitors like AMD are eating away at its marketshare. And in the datacenter, more efficient ARM-based designs threaten to undo Intel’s future.

We’ll see what he has planned, but that quote above suggests that he will try to right both businesses. One of the first moves we can expect regards Intel turning to partners for fabricating more efficient chipsets, a process the microprocessor giant has, to date, performed internally. We should see an announcement about that issue before the end of the month.

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8 responses to “Pat Gelsinger Becomes Intel’s CEO”

  1. remc86007

    I'm happy for him. I'm a bit of an AMD fanboy, but that comes from the dormant years when AMD was clinging to life with Bulldozer and Intel was stalled out at 4 cores. AMD's resurgence has been incredible, but I don't want Intel to become the AMD of the Bulldozer era by falling too far behind. Hopefully this guy can get it turned around.

    I also think it would be great for both AMD and Intel to work together to convince congress to fork over some money to get silicon manufacturing in the States. It would be really interesting to see AMD and Intel compete on the same node.

  2. Mcgillivray

    I mean - RIM was still around for a few years once Apple released a competing product - so this guy has a few years I'm sure.

    I know I know... Apple uses very few processors in general... Just saying... I don't ever expect Intel to grow bigger than they are now... It's all downhill from here.

  3. F4IL

    It will be interesting to see how quickly they collapse. Going fabless will be the first act.

  4. b6gd

    There is absolutely nothing that Intel is doing the interests me. If I was buying a new PC I would go with AMD no question. At work we just ordered new VMware hosts, all AMD EPYC.

  5. Daishi

    I’m sure that Intel also trying to get on the TSMC 7nm train won’t further exacerbate the crippling shortage of chips and graphics cards we already have.

  6. remc86007

    In reply to lvthunder:

    Sure it's not our job...but it's very much in our best interest, for both financial and national security reasons.

    We spent $720 billion on the military last year. Don't you think it would be worth $1-$2 billion in tax incentives and stimulus money to get at top tier fab built in the US?

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