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Intel's former chief Andy Grove dies, aged 79

Andy Grove, Intel’s former chairman who helped the company make the change from memory chips to processors, passes away at the age of 79

Andy Grove, the former chairman and CEO of chipmaker Intel, has died at the age of 79.

Grove became Intel’s president in 1979 and CEO in 1987. He served as chairman of the board from 1997 to 2005.

Grove was responsible for shifting Intel’s focus from memory chips to microprocessors. Under his leadership, Intel produced the chips – including the 80386 and Pentium – that drove the adoption of 32-bit PC platform as the preferred choice for desktops and “WinTel” datacentre servers. The company also increased annual revenues from $1.9bn to more than $26bn.

“We are deeply saddened by the passing of former Intel chairman and CEO Andy Grove,” said Intel CEO Brian Krzanich. “Andy made the impossible happen, time and time again. He inspired generations of technologists, entrepreneurs and business leaders.”

Intel chairman Andy Bryant said Grove combined the analytic skills of a scientist with an ability to engage others in honest and deep conversation. Bryant said this helped sustain Intel’s success over a period that saw the rise of the personal computer, the internet and Silicon Valley.

Grove wrote two management books, High Output Management (1983) and Only the Paranoid Survive (1999).

When he was diagnosed with prostate cancer, Grove wrote a 1996 cover story in Fortune that explained his decision to undergo an unconventional – but ultimately successful – treatment.

Grove also contributed to Parkinson’s research and urged the medical community to more efficiently study the disease, from which he suffered. He provided $26m to the City College of New York to help establish the Grove School of Engineering, and made countless generous gifts to a wide variety of charitable cause.

He is survived by his wife Eva, two daughters and eight grandchildren.

Intel has been expanding its portfolio of products beyond microprocessors. In January 2016, Intel acquired Ascending Technologies, a maker of professional/civil and research-oriented drone lines. It previously invested in three other drone companies.

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