Apple’s prime silicon lead Jeff Wilcox, who led the iGiant’s push to develop homegrown chips, has left his function to start out a brand new job at Intel.

Wilcox introduced he had returned to his outdated employer in a LinkedIn submit, this week. “I’m happy to share that I’ve began a brand new place as Intel Fellow, Design Engineering Group CTO, Shopper SoC Structure at Intel Company,” he mentioned. “I couldn’t be extra thrilled to be again working with the superb groups there to assist create groundbreaking SOCs. Nice issues are forward!”

It’s an fascinating reversal contemplating his earlier place at Apple as Director, Mac System Structure, was targeted on changing all Intel silicon in Apple’s merchandise with its personal customized silicon. Wilcox oversaw the iGiant’s transition to construct its personal chips, just like the Arm-based M1 CPU in its 2020 ‌MacBook Air‌, MacBook Professional, ‌Mac mini‌, and the newest iPad Professional and iMac. The 2021 line of MacBook Execs function the extra highly effective M1 professional and M1 Max processors.

He additionally labored on T2, Apple’s safety chip, a safe enclave processor (SEP) that handles varied functions from Contact ID knowledge to encrypted storage. Once more, the T2 chip is predicated on Arm’s blueprints and never Intel’s x86 instruction set. The T2 was launched commercially in 2018 in Apple’s computer systems and laptops.

“After a tremendous eight years I’ve determined to go away Apple and pursue one other alternative,” Wilcox mentioned.

“It has been an unbelievable experience and I couldn’t be prouder of all we completed throughout my time there, culminating within the Apple SIlicon transition with the M1, M1 Professional and M1 Max SOCs and programs. I’ll dearly miss all of my Apple colleagues and associates, however I’m wanting ahead to the following journey which can begin on the first of the yr.”

Wilcox was beforehand a principal engineer at Intel, the place he was lead architect for consumer PC chipsets for 3 years. He additionally had temporary stints at as an engineer and architect at Magnum Semiconductor, a video compression know-how firm that was acquired by GigOptix in 2016 and now referred to as GigPeak, in addition to a spell Nvidia. ®