Why Pat Gelsinger Will Be MIA From IDF

Next week, hundreds of high-tech’s most geekiest participants will flock to San Francisco for the Intel (INTC) Developer Forum, better known as IDF. But one of their most prominent cheerleaders will not be there.

Patrick Gelsinger, a senior vice president who also served in the past as Intel’s chief technology officer, says he will then be in Hopkinton, Mass., starting his new job at data storage giant EMC (EMC). His surprise departure from Intel was announced Monday along with a major management reorganization at his former employer.

After nearly 30 years at Intel, Gelsinger says it will be strange to miss IDF, which includes mind-numbing talks about chip developments, late-night carousing and offbeat attempts at humor that he fomented (such as mock fashion shows of generic-looking computer modules). “I’ve been fathering IDF so long I can’t quite remember not being there,” he says.

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