The Register spotted that Intel's David Perlmutter, the excutive VP of the Architecture Group, will be leaving th ecompany on February 20, 2014. Following a 34-year career at Intel, Perlmutter now plans to "pursue other opportunities in his life and professional career".
During his tenure at Intel, Perlmutter presided over a variety of important technologies and business initiatives. Perhaps most significantly, it was Perlmutter's Haifa, Israel–based engineering group that developed the Centrino mobile platform and the Pentium M processor in the early 2000s.
Those power-sipping designs arguably transformed the way Intel built its chips, and ideas from the Pentium M effort ultimately went on to inform Intel's Core processor line, development of which Perlmutter also led.
As his star rose, Perlmutter would go on to head all of Intel's platform product lines across data centers, desktops, laptops, embedded devices, and consumer electronics. He was widely believed to be on the short list to take the chief executive role once former CEO Paul Otellini retired in May.