Intel Loses a Chip Wizard at the Worst Possible Time

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(Bloomberg Opinion) -- What was already a tough week for Intel Corp. got worse Thursday night: One of the chip giant's most essential employees left the building.Intel announced its top chip architect Jim Keller resigned effective immediately for personal reasons after only two years on the job. The
(Bloomberg Opinion) -- What was already a tough week for Intel Corp. got worse Thursday night: One of the chip giant's most essential employees left the building.

Intel announced its top chip architect Jim Keller resigned effective immediately for personal reasons after only two years on the job. The company didn't specify exactly why, but added the executive would serve as a consultant for six months to help with the leadership transition.

Keller's departure is a big deal. No one else in the semiconductor industry has his pedigree of chip-engineering success over the last two decades. In the late 1990s, he designed Digital Equipment's Alpha chip, which was the fastest in the world at the time. Then after stints as lead chip architect at Advanced Micro Devices Inc. and PA Semi, he led the team at Apple Inc. that created the A4 and A5 mobile processors, which were instrumental to the success of the early iPhones. After Apple, he returned to AMD and helped design the Zen microarchitecture, laying the groundwork for the company's turnaround. And prior to joining Intel in 2018, the executive was the head of Tesla Inc.'s Autopilot efforts.The surprising resignation came after other momentous news for Intel earlier this week. On…
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