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Intel's Fister named CEO of chip design firm

Mike Fister, former head of Intel's server processor group, left the company this week to become president and chief executive...

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Mike Fister, former head of Intel's server processor group, left the company this week to become president and...

chief executive officer of Cadence Design Systems.

Cadence provides software and services which help chip makers use electronic design automation techniques to manufacture microprocessors.

Fister was senior vice-president and general manager of Intel's Enterprise Platforms Group. He was the public face of the company's server processor business and had a hand in designing many of the company's chips since he joined Intel in 1987.

Intel's Xeon server processors changed the way IT managers deployed servers in the late 1990s, as companies began to migrate away from larger and more expensive servers from suppliers such as Sun Microsystems and Hewlett-Packard in favour of smaller and cheaper clusters of two-way servers based on Xeon.

Fister also presided over the introduction of the Itanium server processor, a 64-bit chip based on a different architecture from the Xeon processor. Itanium was once positioned as the future of Intel's server business, but the processor has settled into a role as an alternative to high-end Risc (reduced instruction set computing) processors from Sun and IBM.

Abhijit Talwalkar will replace Fister as head of the Enterprise Platforms Group.

Ray Bingham, who was previously chief executive officer of Cadence, has been elected chairman of the board of directors and will relinquish the chief executive officer role to Fister, Cadence said. Bingham will replace outgoing chairman Donald Lucas, who will remain on the board of directors.

Tom Krazit writes for IDG News Service

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