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ATOM Leader Leaves Intel

By John Blyler

Departure of Intel’s Senior VP and GM of the Ultra Mobility Group may cast doubt upon or show commitment to the company’s embedded mobile market strategy.

The man closely associated with Intel’s ATOM-based push into the mobile computing world has apparently resigned from his post as chief of the company’s Ultra Mobility Group (UMG). For now, Anand Chandrasekher’s position will be co-managed by Intel Architecture Group’s Mike Bell and Dave Whalen.

Chandrasekher’s resignation has renewed speculation about Intel’s commitment to the mobile market. The company is competing directly with current mobile IP processor leader ARM. Also, Intel recently faced a software setback when cell-phone giant Nokia announced a partnership with Microsoft over Intel’s Meego mobile operating system platform. (see “OSCON Shows Breadth of Open Source Software)

Intel issued the following comments:  “Intel remains committed to this business,” said David Perlmutter, executive vice president and Intel Architecture Group general manager. “We continue to make the investments needed to ensure that the best user experience on smartphones and handhelds runs on Intel Architecture, and to ship a phone this year. “We’d like to take this opportunity to thank Anand for numerous contributions to Intel over his 24-year career here, and wish him well in his future endeavors.”

Anand Chandrasekher - Senior Vice President and General Manager of Intel's Ultra Mobility Group (UMG)

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