Former Intel Engineer Claims Buggy Skylake Chips Hastened Apple's Switch to Custom Silicon
At this week's WWDC, Apple confirmed its plan to switch from Intel to custom processors for its Macs over a two-year transition period. Apple said that the switch is all about platform consolidation and performance advantages, but at least one former Intel insider claims that quality control issues with Skylake chips was the reason Apple finally decided to to ditch Intel.
"The quality assurance of Skylake was more than a problem," said former Intel engineer François Piednoël, speaking to PC Gamer. "It was abnormally bad. We were getting way too much citing for little things inside Skylake. Basically our buddies at Apple became the number one filer of problems in the architecture. And that went really, really bad.
"When your customer starts finding almost as much bugs as you found yourself, you're not leading into the right place."
"For me this is the inflection point," said Piednoël. "This is where the Apple guys who were always contemplating to switch, they went and looked at it and said: 'Well, we've probably got to do it.' Basically the bad quality assurance of Skylake is responsible for them to actually go away from the platform."
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Back when I was a project manager (mostly for web pages and apps, but still), there were some projects where the customer reported lots and lots of small bugs and inconsistencies within weeks of delivery. Mostly stuff that the team - myself very much included - should have picked up easily and removed before deploying. That was not my proudest moment(s).
One (of many) reasons I switched to teaching a few years back. ;)
Take that design, give it more cores, more thermal space, more speed and you have a very capable slice of silicone.
We’ve, well some of us have, been saying it for years. And yes, feel free to do a search and you will find posts by me saying exactly that, I just can’t be bothered. Too much stress, no sleep for 3 days, wife and mother in hospital. I’m just here for the easy stuff :D