Gelsinger isn’t shy about criticizing his company.
Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger spoke about three big mistakes and failures of the company.
The head of Intel called processors for smartphones the first such failure. Recall that Intel has been releasing Atom platforms for Android smartphones for some time, and these platforms have generally been quite competitive. They never became widespread, but there were even flagships based on Atom. True, the story did not last long. The first smartphone with such a SoC was released in 2012, and the direction was closed in 2016.
These are three huge mistakes and failures of Intel.
Gelsinger also believes that Intel was wrong to abandon plans to create graphics processors focused on computing. More precisely, we are initially talking about the Larrabee line, which was canceled just after Gelsinger left Intel in 2010. The project later became Xeon Phi, but with much less ambition. Soon it was closed too. Gelsinger notes that Intel would not have had to subsequently buy five different AI companies if the Larrabee project had continued to be developed.
The third point concerns the semiconductor business. Now Intel is actively developing it, trying to become a major market player together with TSMC and Samsung, and also promising that it will master five technical processes in four years, but the head of the company believes that it was necessary to start much earlier. However, in this case the company is at least actively working in this direction.