At Intel, Chandrasekher was responsible for pushing the highly successful Centrino chip platform, which was initially for the enterprise market and then trickled into consumer laptops.
Some analysts said that the comments could not have pleased Qualcomm, though there's no smoking gun that was responsible for a change in duties. Analysts also said that Qualcomm may have hired Chandrasekher in 2012 to ultimately take on an enterprise role, so it's also possible that the change strangely coincided with the timing of his comments.
"I'm sure they weren't pleased with his comments," said Jack Gold, principal analyst at J. Gold Associates. "He said it poorly. He knows better than that."
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