Engineer Jeff Wilcox, who worked on the super-powerful Apple M1 processor, overtaking Intel chips, and the T2 coprocessor, left Apple and moved to Intel. This is the third time Wilcox has taken a job at Intel. He worked for it from 1997 to 2007, and then from 2010 to 2013. Wilcox was named an “honorary employee” of the company and was made the head of the team responsible for developing custom processors.
Apple to Intel
Intel has hired a processor developer Jeff Wilcox (Jeff Wilcox). According to the Apple Insider portal, he was directly involved in the development of Apple processors and was the Director of Mac architecture (Director, Mac System Architecture).
In particular, Wilcox worked on the M1 chip. This is a landmark processor for Apple, as it became the first Apple’s own CPU for PCs and laptops. M1 Apple has not built a Mac mini nettop into MacBook laptops in November 2020.The company announced its intention to abandon Intel processors in June 2020. As a result, as CNews reported, M1 turned out to be very fast – in November 2020 it overtook in performance Intel’s most advanced chip at the time.
In his profile on LinkedIn, a social network banned in Russia (owned by Microsoft), Wilcox did not hesitate to write that he “led the transfer” of all Apple computers to processors of its own design. According to him, he also developed the architecture of the T2 coprocessor.
It is possible that Wilcox had a hand in the creation of other Apple processors. He worked for the company for over eight years, from November 2013 to December 2021.
Jeff Wilcox has a history of working at Intel
There is no information yet on what exactly contributed to Wilcox’s transition to Intel. As CNews reported, IT workers are often not satisfied with the salary, the attitude of the management towards them and the lack of professional growth.
The engineer was not stopped by Apple’s campaign to retain valuable IT talent. CNews wrote that at the end of 2021 the company planned to pay engineers and other IT specialists a bonus in the form of company shares in the amount of up to $ 180 thousand (13.53 million rubles at the exchange rate of the Central Bank on January 10, 2021). About 20% of the company’s technical specialists can count on the bonus, but it is not yet clear whether Wilcox was among them.
We add that in the second half of 2021, Apple faced a massive exodus of employees. They began to quit en masse, go over to competitors and even completely change the field of activity.
Not a transition, but a return
The fact that Wilcox now works for the American chipmaker cannot be considered a transition. This is a return, and the second in a row.
Wilcox was already on the Intel staff, moreover, immediately before joining Apple. He worked there from October 2010 to November 2013.
Overall, Intel became the second employer in an engineering career that began with Ortho Clinical Diagnostics, where he worked as a design engineer. He worked for this company from 1994 to 1997, after which he joined Intel in November 1997 and rose to the position of Chief Component Architect.
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Wilcox left Intel only in May 2007, having worked in it for nine years and seven months.Thus, in January 2022, this is his record for the length of time in one company. If you add up all the time he spent at Intel, then this is 12 years and nine months.
Wherever Wilcox goes, he always returns to Intel.
Before returning to Intel for the first time, Wilcox had worked for Nvidia, the largest GPU maker in the world. He was on the staff of this company from May 2007 to September 2008, and during this short time he managed to get the position of chief architect.
Wilcox then joined the IT company Magnum Semiconductor (October 2008 – August 2010), where he was the chief engineer. After that, he returned to Intel for the first time.
At the end of December 2021, after signing a new contract with Intel, Jeff Wilcox posted on LinkedIn a post about his departure from Apple. “After an amazing eight years, I decided to leave Apple and take another opportunity. It was incredible, and I am very proud of what we have achieved during my time there (at Apple – approx. CNews), culminating in Apple’s transition to its M1, M1 Pro and M1 Max processors. I will miss all my colleagues and friends from Apple very much, but I look forward to the next journey, which will begin on the first of this year (2022 – approx. CNews). “
From October 2010 to November 2013, Jeff Wilcox worked at Intel as Chief Engineer. Now he received an even higher position and was even ranked among the so-called “honorary employees” of the corporation (Intel Fellow).
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Wilcox is now CTO of the Design Engineering Group. He will lead the Intel Custom Processor Development Team.
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Wilcox can rightfully be considered one of Intel’s oldest employees. He first joined the company over 24 years ago. As CNews reported earlier, the current CEO of the company Patrick Gelsinger (Partick Gelsinger), who took over the company in early 2021, is actively assembling the “old guard”. Veteran Returns to Intel in July 2021 Shlomit Weiss (Shlomit Weiss), who has worked for the company for 28 years and created the famous and popular Sandy Bridge line of processors. Over the past few months, the company’s staff has been replenished with two more specialists who have worked for it for decades.