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Intel's ultramobile head leaves abruptly in likely shakeup

updated 04:55 pm EDT, Mon March 21, 2011

Intel ultramobile lead Chandrasekher quits

Intel in a surprise update said Monday that its Ultra Mobility Group lead Anand Chandrasekher was leaving the company. It would say only that he was leaving to "pursue other interests" after a 24-year career at the chip designer. Two vice presidents from the Intel Architecture Group, Mike Bell and Dave Whalen, would jointly take Chandrasekher's place effective immediately.

The company hinted that the sudden exit may have been involuntary and a part of design strategy. "We continue make the investments needed to ensure that the best user experience on smartphones and handhelds runs on Intel Architecture, and to ship a phone this year," IAG head David Perlmutter said.

A possible forced exit may have come as part of Intel's broader push to take mobile seriously and its general dissatisfaction with a lack of progress. Intel has repeatedly promised that it was close to having an Atom chip small and miserly enough to work in smartphones, but it may only now be getting close with the promise of its Medfield platform. ARM has essentially swept Intel aside by offering smaller, more efficient designs that can at times outrun an Atom chip, making an iPad 2 or a Xoom subjectively more powerful.

Nokia also dealt Intel a blow by relegating the jointly developed MeeGo OS to an experimental project rather than the centerpiece Intel wanted it to be.

Among the additional fixes so far have been takeovers of mobile chip suppliers that would help optimize the Atom for mobile. Intel bought Infineon last summer for cellular hardware and just this month acquired Silicon Hive for mobile media processing.

by MacNN Staff



  1. SockRolid

    Joined: Dec 1969


    x86 is dead in the mobile space

    Intel has spent so much time, money, and effort on Windows support in its x86 designs that the x86 architecture is no longer an efficient general purpose CPU. It's a Windows CPU. And Windows is hopeless bloatware in the mobile space.

    Atom is, you guessed it, x86-based. And that's the kiss of death in smartphones and pads.

  1. serkol

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Windows CPU?!

    What so Windows-specific can be in a CPU?! I cannot think of anything other than printing "Windows" in one processor cycle :-)

  1. PRoth

    Joined: Dec 1969


    What does...

    "...subjectively more powerful" mean?

  1. samirsshah

    Joined: Dec 1969



    the biggest problems are CPU pwer dissipation and graphics power dissipatipn at good performance levels...

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