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Over the last thirty years, Pat Gelsinger's career has paralleled Intel's success

Pat Gelsinger, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Intel's Digital Enterprise Group, is leaving the world's largest semiconductor company for storage specialist EMC.

Gelsinger was generally regarded as one of the brightest stars in the company. Joining the company in 1979 after graduating high school, he put himself through night-school in order to earn the degrees he needed to succeed in the company. He received his Associate's degree from Lincoln Technical Institute in 1979, a Bachelor's degree from Santa Clara University in 1983, and a Master's degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University in 1985.

For the last thirty years, Pat Gelsinger has worked on or led the development of the company's most important products.  He worked on the 286 and 386 design teams, and was Design Manager and Chief Architect of the enormously successful 486 microprocessor at the age of 25. His string of successes also included the Pentium Pro and Pentium III CPUs.

His promotion in 1996 to Vice President of the Desktop Products Group at age 32 made him the youngest Vice President in the history of the company. That also made him some enemies, as some saw the young upstart as an obstacle to their own efforts to lead Intel.

Meanwhile, Gelsinger created the concept of the Intel Developer Forum, where he is often featured as a keynote speaker or presenter.

Pat Gelsinger became the first Chief Technology Officer for Intel in 2001, where he led the organization that researched, developed and designed next-generation hardware and software technologies for all of the Intel Architecture platforms.

Gelsinger was seen as somebody that would eventually take on the mantle of CEO. However, his role has been quietly toned down over the last year.  His departure leaves a gaping hole within Intel that will be hard to fill, but a massive reorganization within the company means opportunities for others.

Gelsinger is still scheduled to give a keynote speech at IDF next week. The topic is "Intel architecture Innovates and Integrates".

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Say What?
By gstrickler on 9/14/2009 1:08:44 PM , Rating: 0
His string of successes also included the Pentium Pro and Pentium III CPUs.
By what measure was the Pentium Pro a success? It was a dead end CPU that had significantly lower performance on the then dominant 16-bit code. Yes, Intel kept some parts of the architecture for the Pentium II and Pentium III, but the Pro was a failure.

The 386, 486, and Pentium III are great accomplishments, and Gelsinger deserves much praise for those.

RE: Say What?
By Alarchy on 9/14/2009 2:16:36 PM , Rating: 2
Core 2's are still using technology based on the Pentium Pro, how is that dead-ending?

RE: Say What?
By Motoman on 9/14/09, Rating: -1
RE: Say What?
By bludragon on 9/14/2009 7:36:22 PM , Rating: 1
If I remember correctly the ppro was a server/high end cpu when it was introduced. The PII was the consumer version and had the same core, but cheaper packaging/cache layout. PIII was the same core with some added MMX or SSE instructions and improved cache, so it would seem the ppro core was ahead of its time and very successful...
P4 was an all new core, and then it was back to a core derived from the ppro architecture for the core2duo

RE: Say What?
By gstrickler on 9/15/2009 12:07:33 AM , Rating: 2
Ok, I stand corrected. I blame the lack of ECC in my brain. The way I remembered it was that the P2 was largely derived from the Pentium, not the Pro. My mistake.

The PPro was not a dead end. It was flawed and unsuccessful itself, but since much of it's technology was the basis for the P2, P3, P-M, Core, and even the current Core 2, Core i5, and Core i7 CPUs, it clearly was not a dead end, simply a flawed implementation.

RE: Say What?
By jconan on 9/14/09, Rating: 0
RE: Say What?
By jconan on 9/14/2009 9:09:51 PM , Rating: 2
Back in the Win95/98 era the Pentium Pro was only 16 to 20% faster in 16bit applications. Pentium 3 is basically a Pentium II/Pro with improvements over Pro's deficiencies.

RE: Say What?
By gstrickler on 9/15/2009 12:15:34 AM , Rating: 2
quote: the itanium...
The Itanic had much bigger issues than lack of compatibility. It is so complicated to program that even if it had full backward compatibility with the x86 instruction set it would still have a tiny market. EPIC is a failure.

RE: Say What?
By Etsp on 9/15/2009 12:19:15 AM , Rating: 2
So you're saying the Itanium was an EPIC fail?
(Sorry, couldn't help it.)

RE: Say What?
By gstrickler on 9/15/2009 11:27:52 AM , Rating: 2
I can't believe I missed that. That deserves a 5+.

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