SAN JOSE, Calif. — David (Dadi) Perlmutter, once seen as a contender for the chief executive position at Intel, will leave the company Feb. 20, the 34th anniversary of his joining Intel.
Perlmutter supervised the development of a number of x86 processors in his career, most recently as executive vice president and general manager of the Intel Architecture Group. For several years, he has been a key spokesman for Intel's launch of a number of chips and initiatives at the Intel Developer Forum.
When Brian Krzanich was named Intel's chief executive earlier, he quickly reorganized the company, eliminating the IAG. Other execs were named to key PC, server, and product engineering groups, reporting directly to Krzanich.
"When we announced the re-org, we said Dadi would work with Brian" and new president Renee James "to find a new position," a spokesman for Intel told us. However, "after going through the process, he decided to leave. He had options available to stay, [but] he decided this was a good time after 34 years to find something else to do."
Perlmutter oversaw the development of Banias, the notebook-centric processor used in Intel's first Centrino notebooks. By focusing on low power, the chip represented a major shift for Intel and establishing its Israeli design center as a core product group. In his career, he led divisions that created Intel's Atom processor for mobile systems and its Pentium Pro and Pentium II CPUs.
"A lot of the changes in the PC market since the 1990s were in no small part due to the work of Dadi and his teams," the company spokesman said.
Perlmutter graduated from Technion, the Israel Institute of Technology, with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering. He holds patents on branch target buffers and multiprocessing cache coherency protocols. He received an award from the Israeli president in 1987 for developing the i387 math coprocessor, and he was named a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers for his contributions to mobile computing.