There is a fascinating interview with Intel man Pat Gelsinger over at <i>Toms Hardware</i>.
In the interview, Gelsinger - who has previously been Chief Technology Officer at Intel, and is now heading up the Digital Enterprise group - covers a wide variety of fairly controversial topics.
Covering the much talked-about Cell processor, the IBM chip due to power the PlayStation 3, he says that he thinks that "Cell will be very successful as the PlayStation 3 platform, but not as a general purpose architecture... The same arguments that were described five years ago about the Emotion engine now hold for the Cell."
For those with short memories, the PS2 Emotion engine was, well, just a little over-hyped.
He said that working with Intel's top man, Andy Grove, was like "A root canal without novocaine. I can count eight compliments over my career that I have gotten from Andy."
However, Gelsinger says that Grove was a "mentor", and that he is trying to work with low-level Intel engineers to foster a similar kind of relationship, where bright sparks can rise up the ladder to become key players - just as Gelsinger himself did when he started as one of the lowest-of-the-low engineers when he was 18.
He also mentions his ambition: to be the top man at Intel, saying he believes there is a lot of work still to be done. "My job is to put our technology into every human on the planet, every walk of life, seven days a week, 24 hours a day. If you take that definition of the total available market, we are about five percent of the way there."
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- it is worth a read if you find the inner machinations of Intel interesting.