Intel poached Apple M1 chief chip designer Jeff Wilcox

As the 2-year transition period for Apple's Mac computer to switch from Intel to its own chips is coming to an end, Intel has hired the chief chip designer of Apple's M1.

Jeff Wilcox, Apple's Mac (former) director of system architecture, announced on his LinkedIn page on Thursday (6th) that he would leave Apple to take up a job at Intel, serving as an Intel Fellow and CTO of Design Engineering, mainly responsible for All Intel client system-on-chip (SoC) architecture designs.

Wilcox has served as Apple's director of Mac system architecture for the past eight years, overseeing Mac system architecture, signal integrity, and power integrity, leading Apple's transition to Apple Silicon.

Wilcox wrote on his LinkedIn: "After 8 amazing years, I've decided to leave Apple and pursue another opportunity... I'm incredibly proud of everything Apple has accomplished over the years, best of all through the M1, M1 Pro, And the M1 Max SoC and system launch, the transition to Apple Silicon. I will miss all my Apple colleagues and friends dearly.”

In fact, this isn't the first time Wilcox has worked at Intel, having worked from 2010 to 2013 as an engineer on Intel's PC chipsets.

"He is honored to once again be working with an amazing team to help build groundbreaking SoCs," Wilcox said Thursday.

At present, Apple's next director of Mac system architecture is still unknown, and it is not known whether Apple will comfort Wilcox. However, Apple has rarely issued huge bonuses on a large scale recently to retain talents, and the amount of dividends and allotments range from about $50,000 to $180,000.

Wall Street analysts said that in the past two years, Apple's Apple Silicon team has successively left some engineers, and it remains to be seen whether the departure of these people will have an impact on Apple's chip progress. However, under the leadership of Apple's senior vice president of hardware, Johny Srouji, Apple's chip team is proving capable, and Apple is expected to continue the Apple Silicon transition this year with Mac computers using the M2 chip.

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