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Intel in 2021: The 10 boldest moves

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by Peter Krass on 12/02/2021
Blog Category: advanced-technologies

It’s been a big year for Intel. Here’s your tech provider’s roundup of the company’s 10 biggest moves.

January 13: Intel appoints Pat Gelsinger as its new chief executive officer. He officially starts working in the CEO role on Feb. 15.

Pat Gelsinger, CEO of Intel

March 23: On the job for less than two months, CEO Gelsinger announces Intel’s new IDM 2.0 strategy. The plan calls for Intel to both act as a chip foundry for other companies and rely on other companies for their foundry services. Intel also committed to investing $20 billion to build two new fabs in Arizona.

April 6: Intel introduces the latest 3rd gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors. Codenamed “Ice Lake,” these are the company’s highest performing server CPUs, and they feature built-in AI and security.

June 16: Intel forms the Government Affairs Advisory Committee. Including members from Ford, Boeing and Lenovo, the committee will help Intel leaders with government and other political issues. It plans to meet three times a year.

July 29: Intel introduces the Intel NUC 11 gaming PC. Codenamed “Beast Canyon,” it’s designed for high-end gaming and is powered by an 11th gen Intel Core (up to i9) processor.

Intel NUC 11 gaming PC

August 2: A new Intel-sponsored survey finds 40% of employees spend 2 to 3 hours a week fixing productivity apps. And 1 in 3 spend the same 2 to 3 hours troubleshooting video conferencing. Intel also points out that its Intel Evo vPro Platform provides a fix. Evo vPro laptops offer business-class performance, simple connectivity, long battery life, bright displays, and seamless manageability.

August 19: At the Intel Architecture Day event, Intel provided details on Alder Lake, a next-gen client system-on-chip (SoC); Sapphire Rapids, the next generation of Xeon Scalable processors; Mount Evans, a new networking architecture; Ponte Vecchio, a new SoC for servers; and Xe-HPG, a client-side graphics microarchitecture.

October 12: Intel introduces the 12th gen Intel Core processors. In a huge design shift, this PC processor family is built around 2 microarchitectures: Performance-cores and Efficient-cores.

12th gen Intel Core processor architecture

October 27: At its Intel Innovation 2021 event, the company returns to its developer roots. That includes the creation of the Intel Developer Zone, a simplified and unified site; oneAPI 2022, a collection of developer environments; and 11 new Centers of Excellence.

November 18: Speaking at the Intel Partner Forum event, GM of global partners and support John Kalvin announces new priorities to help partners grow, provide better integration with the ecosystem, and simplify the partner experience/

ADDENDUMOn Dec. 6, Intel announced plans to take Mobileye public via an IPO in mid-2022. Intel acquired Mobileye, which develops advanced driver-assistance tech, in 2017 and currently owns 100% of Mobileye's shares.


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