Veteran with 40-year technology experience will retire next year, who has led Intel 5nm process research and development
The biggest of all the challenges Intel encountered in 2018 is the process. Delayed 10nm process made Intel lose its leading image on semiconductor chips. For this reason, Intel fired its former CEO this year, and there were many restructurings in the semiconductor manufacturing process-related departments, where many experienced employees left or retired. In October, the Intel wafer manufacturing division was split into three parts, when Sohail Ahmed, the senior executive in charge of wafer manufacturing and process rdevelopment, retired. Now another veteran of Intel will retire, that is Mark Bohr, who has joined Intel for 40 years. He has dominated research and development of Intel's HKMG, FinFET process, currently leading 5nm process, but he will retire in March next year.
Mark Bohr's name is unfamiliar to ordinary people and even DIY players. Perhaps someone remember seeing him in Intel's 2011 announcement about revolutionary 22nm Tri-Gate process promotional video, a technology that is closely related to him.
Mark Bohr, 65, born in 1953, has joined Intel for more than 40 years. He is a senior member of IEEE and an Intel Senior Fellow, the highest honor that Intel's technicians can received. In addition, he is the director of Intel technology and manufacturing, mainly responsible for process architecture and integration. It can be said that Intel's advanced technology is completed under his leadership, and that he is a technical authority in Intel and even in semiconductor industry.
In terms of technology, Mark Bohr owns 19 patents, and in the 40 years since joining Intel in 1978, he has participated in or led the majority of Intel's modern CMOS processes. Instead mentioning the technological progress ahead, recently, HKMG and FinFET processes (previously called Tri-Gate or 3D transistors) are under his leadership of research and development.
At present, he is leading the team to tackle 5nm process, but he may not see the mass-production of 5nm process during his tenure, because he will retire in March next year. Intel officially confirmed his retirement plan, but gave no details, only highlighting Mark Bohr's contribution to the company and saying that he known as the spokesman of Intel technology had been helping Intel implement Moore's Law.