Intel's business group co-manager headed to LSI Logic

Intel's business group co-manager headed to LSI Logic

One of the two managers of Intel's server business has left the company, leaving former research head Pat Gelsinger in charge of the whole group.

Another prominent leader of Intel's server business has left the company, the second such defection in a year.

Abhi Talwalkar has been named president and chief executive officer of LSI Logic. His previous position at Intel was vice-president and co-general manager of the Digital Enterprise Group, which is responsible for the development of chips for business PCs, servers, storage, and networking devices.

Senior vice-president and general manager, Pat Gelsinger, would assume sole responsibility for the group in the wake of Talwalkar's departure, Intel said. He had no plans to hire a replacement for Talwalkar at this time, a company spokesperson said.

Talwalkar leaves Intel just over a year after he became head of Intel's server group when Mike Fister left the company to become chief executive officer of Cadence Design Systems.

The server business has stumbled since then, enduring a manufacturing glitch during an important chipset launch last August and the loss of the performance crown in the low-end server market to AMD's dual-core Opteron processors this year.

Intel's Xeon chip will remain a single-core product until late this year or early next year, while AMD's dual-core server chips were released last month.

Gelsinger acknowledged the disparity between his company's road map and AMD's product launches in an interview earlier this month, but said that Intel's customers were unlikely to switch vendors based on the relatively short gap.

Still, the server group might see some defections, he said.

A January reorganisation made Talwalkar and Gelsinger co-leaders of the Digital Enterprise Group, which developsproducts for business customers.

This includes desktop PCs, low-end Xeon servers. high-end Itanium servers, storage equipment, and networking devices, among other things.

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