New chief processor developer: Apple director changes to Intel

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Intel has a new leader for the development teams for desktop and notebook processors: Jeff Wilcox is returning to the company as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of the Design Engineering Group. There he is “responsible for the architecture of all Systems-on-Chip (SoCs) for all Intel customer segments”.

Wilcox was at Intel from 1997 to 2007 and 2010 to 2013. Most recently, he was responsible for the development of the desktop chipsets – in 2013, for example, Z87 mainboards for the Haswell processor family (Core i-4000) were released. The Wilcox announced the move to Intel via LinkedIn.

From 2013 to the end of 2021, Wilcox worked at Apple, most recently as Director of “Mac System Architecture”. As such, he was instrumental in the change from Intel processors to the Apple Silicon M1, M1 Pro and M1 Max in MacBooks. Although Wilcox was not directly involved in the development of the ARM processors, he and his teams designed the hardware for the M1 CPUs.

Wilcox previously led the development of Apple’s own security chip T2, which established a digital root of trust (RoT) in all recent Intel Macs and MacBooks using cryptographic keys. The functions of the T2 are directly integrated in all M1 CPUs.

In February 2021, Pat Gelsinger replaced the former Intel boss Robert Swan and restructured the management level. As a so-called Fellow, Wilcox joins directly as a high-ranking employee. In the case of Apple, several familiar faces have left the company in recent years, including the former CPU chief architect Gerard Williams III, who played a key role in developing the M1 processors.

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