Intel has announced that chief engineer Murthy Renduchintala is departing the company.
Intel has been experiencing one problem after another in its core business. Initially it was having trouble moving to 10nm processors and struggled to keep up with demand. In addition, some of the security issues with its recent chips were labeled “unfixable.”
To help turn things around, it made some high-profile hires, including Renduchintala and legendary chip designer Jim Keller. Keller, however, left the company a couple of months ago, citing “personal reasons.”
To make matters worse, days ago the company announced a delay in migrating to 7nm chips due to a defect. This was another huge setback for the company, as rivals Arm Holdings and AMD both have 7nm chips.
Now the company is facing the departure of Renduchintala, amid a major shakeup of the company’s executive team and technology organization.
“I look forward to working directly with these talented and experienced technology leaders, each of whom is committed to driving Intel forward during this period of critical execution,” said CEO Bob Swan. “I also want to thank Murthy for his leadership in helping Intel transform our technology platform. We have the most diverse portfolio of leadership products in our history and, as a result of our six pillars of innovation and disaggregation strategy, much more flexibility in how we build, package and deliver those products for our customers.”
It remains to be seen if Intel can step the problems it is facing and become competitive once again.