Faintuch, who previously oversaw Qualcomm's networking and connectivity businesses as president of Qualcomm Atheros, is joining Intel as a senior vice president and co-general manager of the Platform Engineering Group, spokesman Chuck Mulloy said.
Mulloy told Reuters that in addition to strong networking skills, Faintuch brings valuable experience designing "system on chips," or SoCs, which combine features like modems, Wi-Fi and memory.
Hiring Faintuch, which was announced in an email to Intel employees on Friday, is the latest move by the Santa Clara, California, chipmaker to accelerate progress in mobile gadgets, where it trails Qualcomm.
Faintuch will co-manage the Platform Engineering Group with Josh Walden, a manufacturing technology expert who was previously leading the group.
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