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IDF: Intel CTO Rattner takes shots at former CTO Gelsinger

Gelsinger's shadow still hangs over IDF
Fri Sep 14 2012, 00:34
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SAN FRANCISCO: INTEL CTO Justin Rattner showed off a working wireless radio and took the opportunity to take a couple of digs at his predecessor, Pat Gelsinger.

Intel has made no secret of its ambitions in the radio market in both hardware and software defined radio. The firm's efforts were underlined after it bought Infineon's baseband business, but today Rattner showed off a working 32nm Atom radio part. Prior to Rattner's demonstration, he took the opportunity to take a dig at Gelsinger, Intel's first CTO and presently head of virtualisation outfit VMware.

Rattner played a video of Gelsinger back in IDF Spring 2002, presumably when Gelsinger still believed he could be CEO of Intel, talking of "radio free Intel". Rattner said Gelsinger's awkward sounding soundbite didn't sit all that well with Intel's wireless group and that he got a lot of flak for the comments he made during that presentation.

Rattner then made a reference to Gelsinger's move to VMWare by saying, "[I] guess he couldn't stand the heat so he got out of the kitchen. In case you haven't read the news, he now runs a software company, if you don't know."

While Rattner poked fun at Gelsinger, he eventually held up a 300mm wafer full of Rosepoint chips fabbed at 32nm and said, "Wherever you are Pat, here's the radio - not free - you wanted 10 years ago."

Even after all this time, Rattner's comments show that Gelsinger might have left Intel, but Intel hasn't yet taken Gelsinger out of IDF. µ

 

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