Intel's former CEO and chairman Andy Grove, under whose leadership the company became a household name in computers and helped usher in the PC era, died Monday at the age of 79, the company said.
The cause of death was not given but news reports said Grove had been battling Parkinson's disease for years. Grove, born in Hungary, was present at the company's founding in 1968, and became its president in 1979 and CEO in 1987. He served as chairman of the board from 1997 to 2005. Intel said Grove played an essential role in the company's shift in focus from memory chips to microprocessors.
Under his leadership Intel developed microprocessors including the 386 and the Pentium, which helped ring in the personal computer era, Intel said. When he was at the helm, the company also increased annual revenues from $1.9 billion to more than $26 billion, the company said.