Hinton announced on Jan. 21 that he was returning to the company to work on a “high-performance CPU project” following a three-year retirement.
In a LinkedIn post, Hinton made it clear that Gelsinger becoming Intel’s CEO played a factor.
“Having Pat Gelsinger coming back as CEO also helped me finalize my decision to come back,” he said.
Gelsinger said during Intel’s earnings call last month that Hinton “was one of my absolute favorites” during his previous 30-year tenure at the company.
Hinton was a senior fellow at Intel when he retired from the company in 2017, and he had played a major role in many products across his 34-year career there. They included the i960 microprocessor in the 1980s, the P6 microarchitecture in the 1990s and the Nehalem microarchitecture in the 2000s.
According to a biography on Stanford University’s website, Hinton held more than 90 patents from eight different CPU designs as of 2010. His work as the senior architect of the P6 processor design led to the Pentium Pro, Pentium II and Pentium III, and served as the basis for the Core microarchitecture.