Gelsinger will head the company's new Corporate Technology Group and will report directly to Intel president and chief executive officer Craig Barrett, according to a company statement. This group will provide research and technology direction across product lines and will work with the industry to create and deliver key industry specifications, standards and technologies.
"The convergence of digital computing and communications requires the coordination of many of Intel's technology and research efforts at a high level," Barrett said. "Our goals are to offer a consistent direction to the computing and communications industries and to continue to play a leadership role in establishing industry specifications and standards."
Gelsinger will co-ordinate longer-term research and help ensure consistency among the company's emerging computing, networking and communications technologies.
"In the past several years, we've made a push on 32-bit and 64-bit computing platforms, and we've [branched out] into communication activities - acquiring communications companies - networking and wireless communications," said Intel spokesman Howard High. "Pat's job will be to oversee the various architectures and make sure all [aspects] of the company are interacting and are proceeding on a number of parallel paths."
Gelsinger joined Intel in 1979 and has held a number of research, development and general management positions at the company, including responsibility for the Intel 486 and Pentium Pro processor families and management of Intel's Desktop Products Group. Most recently he was chief technology officer of the Intel Architecture Group.