In a blunt video posted late Thursday evening, outspoken former Intel principal engineer Francois Pidnoel offered his advice on how to â€œfixâ€� Intel CPUs, criticized current leadership for not being engineers, said AVX512 was a misadventure, and declared that itâ€™s only luck AMD hasnâ€™t grabbed more market share.
â€œFirst, Intel is really out of focus,â€� Piednoel said in the nearly hour-long video presentation.Â â€œThe leaders of Intel today are not engineers, they are not people who understand what to design to the market.â€�Â
Piednoel said Intelâ€™s technical decisions have largely been â€œnonsenseâ€� since 2016. Incidentally, Piednoel left Intel in 2017 after serving as a principal engineer and performance architect for 20 years, working on CPUs from the Pentium III to the 6th-gen Core i7. The outspoken engineer often made technical presentations and demonstration pitches to the hardware press, passionately arguing why design decisions made by Intel were the right decisions.