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Gleen Hinton returns to Intel

Gleen Hinton returns to Intel

Barely appointed, the new Intel CEO does not hide his ambitions. To do so, he has just brought Glenn Hinton out of retirement.

Glenn Hinton and Paul Otellini presenting a 45nm Nehalem CPU under Windows XP

It’s probably a name that doesn’t speak to the vast majority of people, but in fact it’s one of the best specialists in X86 CPU microarchitecture. Gleen is a veteran of the company and is notably responsible for the Core and Nehalem architecture in 2007-8 on which the company has relied for years. In 1986, he was one of the two main micro-architects of the i960 CA, the world’s first superscalar microprocessor. He has worked at Intel for more than 30 years. He has more than 90 patents to his credit for 8 different CPU designs.

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It is certainly a very important return which seems to confirm that the change of CEO is not just a cosmetic modification. Glenn Hinton should work under the direction of Raja Koduri who remains Intel’s chief architect but who is mainly in charge of research and development of the GPU Xe architecture. The arrival of the new boss seems to create a wave of enthusiasm which is confirmed by Glenn’s statements on his return: “After retiring for three years, I decided to return to Intel (where I had worked for 35 years before). What made me decide to do such a thing? I will be working on an exciting high performance CPU project. The return of Pat Gelsinger as CEO also helped me to make the decision to come back. “

Pat Gelsinger is a CEO with a technical background, like Lisa Su from AMD. He seems to have an aura for mobilizing old and new talent within the company. It is reassuring to know that at the top of the company there is someone who fully understands the issues that a designer encounters on a daily basis and who puts the product at the center of the strategy. Bob Swan was a financier who lent himself to the role of CEO, and on the revenue side, his mission at Intel was more than honest…But the stakes now are to get Intel back on track with its product line.

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