The former head of microprocessor architecture
Director responsible for technology change leaves Apple after eight years and goes to Intel, where he will lead chip architecture of all segments
One of the main names behind the development of Apple’s own chips left the company. Jeff Wilcox, the director responsible for technology transition, has left his role and will become an associate at Intel, where he will lead the architecture development team for processors.
Wilcox had been at Apple since 2013 and led the transition to the so-called Apple Silicon, the brand’s own line of processors, which debuted with the M1.
“I couldn’t be more proud of what we’ve accomplished during my time at Apple, with the transition to Apple Silicon with the M1, M1 Pro, and M1 Max systems-on-chip,” says the engineer in last month’s post. LinkedIn.
Wilcox will now be an associate at Intel, where he will lead the engineering design group. As a result, he will be responsible for “the architecture of all systems-on-chip for all segments of Intel’s customers”.
It is not the engineer’s first time at the company: he has worked from 2010 to 2013 in the area of PC chipsets.
This week, Intel introduced the 12th generation of Core processors for notebooks and desktops. In laptops, the company promises to unseat the Apple M1.
Furthermore, the chips adopted a strategy long used by the Arm architecture. They combine efficiency and performance cores for different tasks, in an attempt to spend less energy.
Apple is losing engineers
Wilcox’s departure is one of several in the past two years. Three former engineers even founded a chip company called Nuvia, which was eventually bought by Qualcomm.
One of them, Gerard Williams, is being sued for breach of contract and for taking advantage of Apple’s technology. He counters and says that the clause is not valid in California, in addition to accusing the company of illegally monitoring his messages.
There are also reports that Apple and Meta are fighting over talent. To ensure its employees, the Cupertino company is said to be offering bonuses ranging from $50,000 to $180,000 in shares, with a four-year sale restriction.
Apple is nearing the end of its transition from Intel to proprietary chips, promised to last two years. Senior Vice President of Hardware Technologies Johny Srouji remains with the company.