Rick Merritt, SiliconValley Bureau Chief
6/4/2018 08:01 AM EDT
Last month, Qualcomm quietly axed its Centriq group, driving Arm-based SoCs into data centers. It was part of a billion-dollar cost-cutting move likely to be characteristic of the company if its merger with NXP announced in October 2016 goes ahead as now expected.
The move came just a few weeks after Qualcomm escaped a hostile takeover bid from Broadcom, which would have made similar cuts. Surprisingly, management also ousted its chairman and former chief executive, Paul Jacobs, Irwin’s son.
Given all the drama, Irwin had every reason to spew invective in an interview at the Imec Tech Forum, where he received a lifetime achievement award. But deep into retirement, Jacobs is as upbeat and energetic as ever.
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