Swan led a somewhat contraversial move away from x86 to a broader chip approach including GPUs., or an XPU strategy There was also less focus on manufacturing and a foundry deal with TSMC (to make the former Altera FPGAs and Mobileye chips) as well as discussions with rival Samsung on foundry services.
“To come back “home” to Intel in the role of CEO during what is such a critical time for innovation, as we see the digitization of everything accelerating, will be the greatest honour of my career,” said Gelsinger in an email to Intel staff. “The transformation from a CPU to multi-architecture XPU company is exciting and our opportunity as a world-leading semiconductor manufacturer is greater than it’s ever been. I will be sharing more in the near-term about my vision and strategy for Intel.”
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