- zz Intel Hiring Top Talent From Rivals TSMC, Samsung
Part of Intel’s plan to return to a leadership position in the
semiconductor market has been to build best-in-class hardware, both for
itself and for the foundry customers it hopes to attract. That’s why a
foundation of its IDM 2.0 comeback strategy involves its a separate foundry
business, known as Intel Foundry Services (IFS). The nascent company hopes
to one day rival the likes of TSMC, with companies clamoring for capacity on
its fabs. One way IFS is hoping to achieve that goal is by poaching talent
from its biggest rivals; Samsung, TSMC, and a few others.
According to The Register, one of its latest hires is a gentleman named Suk
Lee. His LinkedIn page indicates he spent more than 15 years at TSMC, most
recently as a VP in the Design Infrastructure Management Division. Prior to
that he spent 13 years as senior director of the same division. His new job
title at Intel is VP of the Ecosystem Technology Office.
Another major league hire was Hong Hao, who was previously with Samsung for
13 years. He joined Intel specifically to help build out its IFS strategy.
His LinkedIn profiles states, “Responsible for leading the formulation of
Intel Foundry Services (IFS) business strategies and execution of worldwide
customer engagement plans to grow IFS revenue and customer base.” He joined
Intel in 2021 as it was just starting to ramp IFS into a real business.