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Ex-Qualcomm Executive Murthy Renduchintala Lands New Gig at Intel

Qualcomm said Thursday that Renduchintala was leaving as Cristiano Amon was named sole president of chip unit.

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Murthy Renduchintala, the former co-head of Qualcomm’s chip business, is headed to Intel in a newly created position as president of its client and Internet of Things business.


In the new role, Renduchintala will report to Intel CEO Brian Krzanich and will have four engineering teams reporting up to him — the platform engineering group, led by Amir Faintuch (a former Qualcomm executive himself), the client computing group, led by Kirk Skaugen, the IoT group led by Doug Davis and the software and services group led by Doug Fisher.

Qualcomm announced Thursday that it was naming Cristiano Amon as sole head of the chip business and that Renduchintala was leaving.

The decision to promote Amon was made more than a month ago, but Qualcomm held off announcing it while Renduchintala debated whether to exit or take another role at Qualcomm, according to a source familiar with the situation.

Qualcomm essentially confirmed that in a statement. “A few months ago we made the decision to move away from a co-president leadership structure for QCT,” the company said. “Cristiano Amon was the clear choice as president of the chipset business. … Murthy was offered another role within Qualcomm, but he chose to leave the company instead.”

The move comes after the chip unit struggled in the last year to land its flagship Snapdragon 810 in key top-end devices, especially those from Samsung.

For its successor, the Snapdragon 820, Qualcomm is shifting production to Samsung’s chip factories, a move that may help it get more of the Korean company’s business. Sources say the 820 will be used in at least some models of the upcoming Galaxy S7 device.

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