Apple’s Director of Mac System Architecture Jeff Wilcox has announced that he has left the Cupertino-based company to work for Intel. According to LinkedIn, Wilcox has taken on the role of CTO of the Client SoC Architecture Team in the Design Engineering Group at Intel. While at Apple, Wilcox played an important role in the transition to Apple’s own M1 chips from Intel.
“I’m excited to announce that I have started a new position as Intel Fellow, Design Engineering Group CTO, Client SoC Architecture at Intel Corporation. I couldn’t be more excited to work with the great teams there again to develop groundbreaking SOCs. ” Great things are ahead! “
Before Wilcox worked on the Apple M1 chip, he was part of a team at Apple that focused on developing the T-series chips. His profile says he “led the transition” for all Macs to Apple silicon.
Director of the Mac systems architecture team that covered overall system architecture, signal integrity, and power integrity for Mac systems. Led the transition to Apple Silicon for all Macs, starting with the M1 chip, and previously developing the SoC and system architecture behind the T2 coprocessor.
Have the chipset wars started again?
It seems that chipset wars have started again. With the Apple M1, the Cupertino giant has changed the dynamics of the entire industry. The company’s first generation M1 chips delivered performance and efficiency with low power consumption. Intel followed Apple’s, or rather ARM’s, design to subdivide the chip cores into power and efficiency cores with core chips of the 12th generation.
Though the chipsets are 12th with Wilcox joining the other side, the chipset war is getting more intense again, it seems.
Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger said he “hopes” to win back Apple’s business by making a chip that is better than Apple’s. Additionally, he has said that he plans to ensure that Intel’s products are “better than theirs” and that Intel has a more open and “vibrant” ecosystem. “I will fight hard to win Tim’s business in this area,” he added.
Wilcox brings a lot of experience and knowledge to Intel
Wilcox brings a lot of experience with Intel. He was previously at Intel before joining Apple. He worked as a senior engineer on PC chipsets at Intel. He has also worked for chipset companies such as Magnum Semiconductor and Nvidia. When Wilcox joined Intel from Apple, he said:
After an incredible eight years, I decided to leave Apple and take another chance. It’s been an incredible drive and I couldn’t be more proud of everything we achieved during my time there, culminating in the Apple Silicon transition with the M1, M1 Pro, and M1 Max SOCs and systems. I will miss all my Apple colleagues and friends very much, but I am looking forward to the next trip, which will begin earlier this year.