Intel Pioneer In Mobile Microprocessor Platform Moves On After 33 Years At Company

Shmuel "Mooly" Eden, Intel's senior vice president and general manager of Perceptual Computing, has decided to leave "to pursue other interests," the Santa Clara, Calif.-based company confirmed to CRN on Monday.

Eden, who has worked for Intel for 33 years, helped advance the company's mobile microprocessor and chipset platform, as well as drive growth in Intel's mobile platform group's notebook computing segment.

"Intel is grateful for Mooly’s many contributions over the years and we wish him well in his future endeavors," an Intel spokesman told CRN.

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Eden, who is also president of Intel Israel and oversees Intel Israel operations and strategy, is best-known for the development of microprocessors pushing Intel's mobile division.

Most notably, Eden spearheaded the development of Intel's Centrino processor technology, 45nm processor-based technology enabling faster wireless networking, hafnium-infused next generation circuitry and enhanced visuals for customers.

During his time in the Israel Development Center, from 1999 to 2003, Eden helped to develop and enhance this groundbreaking technology, as well as lead the development of the Intel Pentium M processor, a line of single-core 32-bit CPUs targeted at the laptop consumer market.

The microprocessors also have been significant for embedded system manufacturers because of the processors' low-power consumption, allowing for the design of fanless embedded PCs.

John Samborski, CEO of Ace Computers, an Arlington, Ill.-based Intel partner, praised the Centrino technology and subsequent Pentium M Processor series as a "huge breakthrough for Intel."

"[Pentium] was [Intel's] first processor that they were able to trademark the name on, and as such started to promote the processor inside the computer," said Samborski. "Prior to this time, nobody … really cared about whose processor was in their computer, but Intel used this processor as the basis for a multibillion-dollar marketing campaign so that people would care what the processor was inside the PC."

"Likewise, the Centrino platform was the first platform designed for the mobile (notebook) market that entirely took the processor, chipset and wireless, and branded these components as a Centrino-based system," Samborksi said. "Without these hardware developments and associated marketing campaigns, the world would be a lot different today than it is, and not as compute-friendly."

In addition to his work in processors, Eden was promoted in 2005 to vice president and general manager of the mobile platforms group, where he was responsible for ramping up Intel's notebook category.

Intel, a leader in the PC and server market, has struggled in the mobile space largely dominated by leaders like Qualcomm and Samsung, which use ARM-based chips to make up the majority of the mobile market. Most recently, its mobile and communications group reported negative revenue of $6 million, a $202 million revenue decline for the year, placing a damper on the chip giant's overall revenue of $14.72 billion in the fourth quarter.

In 2009, Eden was promoted to vice president and general manager of the PC client group, where he oversaw the architecture and planning of Intel's PC solutions for desktop and mobile computing segments. He was promoted again to his current position in 2012 as president of Intel Israel and general manager of Perceptual Computing, which he established as an organization in 2011, according to Intel.

Intel did not specify the date when Eden plans to leave the company.