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INTEL ARCHITECTURE GROUP chief David (Dadi) Perlmutter will leave the company on 20 February, the chipmaker has revealed.
The news was announced in a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday, which revealed that Perlmutter submitted his resignation on 18 October.
The filing didn't say where Perlmutter is going, nor did it say he's retiring. Instead it said that he is leaving "to pursue other opportunities in his life and professional career".
In what we can't imagine is a coincidence, his leaving date will mark his 34th year working for the chipmaker.
Perlmutter, who holds a BSc in electrical engineering from Haifa's prestigious Technion technology institute, made a name for himself in the firm by developing Intel's platform approach to laptop technology with Centrino. He quickly became a star in the company, having previously been head of Intel's Development Centre in Haifa, Israel where he developed the Centrino chip and the Pentium M processor in the early 2000s. It is thought that these achievements transformed the way Intel builds its chips.
From there, Perlmutter went on to head all of Intel's product lines across data centres, desktops, embedded devices, and consumer devices. He was considered as a candidate to become Intel CEO when Paul Otellini retired in May. However, that role was instead taken by CEO Brian Krzanich, to whom Intel's product line groups now report directly.
According to Intel's SEC filing, Perlmutter will spend the rest of his time at the company providing "transition assistance" to the Intel Platform Group, in addition to whatever other tasks the firm throws his way. µ
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