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Intel is still looking for a CEO as he navigates to 10nm and beyond

It has been more than seven months since former Intel CEO Brian Krzanich abruptly resigned after breaking the company's non-fraternization policy. While the company is moving towards large volumes of 10-nanometer processors, it is still looking for a permanent replacement, but only now with a "sense of urgency".

Intel touched on the subject during a conference call with investors to discuss the fourth quarter results of 2018.

"The board continues to assess candidates for what I believe to be the most important and open work on the planet," said Bob Swan, Interim Executive Director. "They are acting with a sense of urgency while ensuring that they are making the right choice for this great company." For their part, Murthy, Navin, the entire management team and the 107,000 employees came together to further transform Intel into a data center company. "

Navigating without a permanent CEO is tricky, but even more so for a company like Intel, which generated $ 18.7 billion in revenue in the last quarter and $ 70.8 billion for the year. This last figure is an all-time record for Intel.

Even more challenging, Intel is committed not only to launching 10nm volume products later this year, but also to virtually extend its entire portfolio to the smallest process node.

"I would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that at CES and at the analysts meeting held at the end of last year, we posted 10 nm across the entire portfolio of our product lines … So the story is not limited to 10nm yields, but 10nm are now an integral part of our product portfolio ", said Murthy Renduchintala, director of engineering at Intel.

The road to 10 nm has been bumpy for Intel. Last December, Murthy spoke of the challenges ahead, and basically said it had to do with the technology and equipment available at the very beginning of the 10nm chip design.

Intel insists that everything be settled now and that, in the 7 nm perspective, the use of extreme ultraviolet lithography (EUVL) should allow for a smoother deployment. Time will tell, of course.

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