Sorry to disappoint but my 2 hours at the Intel RNB was a very positive experience. It is much more fun writing negative things about industry leaders because I enjoy the resulting hate mail and personal attacks, but the candor and transparency of the Intel guys won me over. They even asked ME questions which was a bit telling. I also picked up a very nice Intel hat. I now blog for hats!
The first meeting was with Jon Carvill, Mobile Media guy at Intel. Before that he was VP of Communications at GlobalFoundries and Head of PR at AMD/ATI. I worked with Jon at GlobalFoundries, he’s a stand-up guy, very technical, and almost 7 feet tall. I don’t take pictures with Jon since he makes me look like a dwarf.
The second meeting was with Rob Willoner, a long time manufacturing guy at Intel and Radoslaw Walczyk, an Intel PR guy. You can find Rob’s Tri-Gate presentation HERE. In these types of meetings you watch the face of the PR guy when the technology guy answers questions. If the PR guy flinches you are getting good information!
The questions they asked me were about 40nm yield and 28nm ramping (I will blog on that next week). It was interesting that the conversation went there.
The questions I asked them were about Tri-Gate and Atom in regards to the foundry business. I’m a foundry guy and would really like to see Intel get serious and “raise the foundry competitiion bar”. With that said, here are my comments on Intel in the foundry business, Tri-Gate technology, and Atom SoCs:
Clearly this is just scratching the surface of the briefing so if you have questions post them in the comment section and they will get answered. You have to be a registered SemiWiki user to read/write comments, when you register put “iPad2” in the referral section and you might even win one.
By the way, when I’m not in Taiwan, I’m on the Iron Horse Trail with my new walking partner Max. Max is a six month old Great Dane and he already weighs 110 lbs. I like how Max’s big head makes mine look small. Peet’s Coffee in Danville is our favorite destination so stop on by and say “Hi”. Be nice though or Max will slobber on you.