John Crawford is an Intel Fellow, Enterprise Platforms Group, and Director of McKinley Architecture. He headed the joint Architecture Research with Hewlett-Packard that developed the Itanium family architecture. Crawford currently manages a team of about 15 engineers responsible for the functional completeness and performance of the McKinley processor.
Crawford joined Intel as a new college graduate in 1977. From 1977 to 1982, he worked as a software engineer in the Development Tools Operation. Here he developed a number of software products for Intel's 8086 processor; including assemblers, compilers and linkers. Crawford's biggest technical contribution in this area was the code generation phase of Intel's Pascal compiler for the 8086.
In 1982, he became a computer architect for microprocessor design in the Technology and Manufacturing Group. Crawford was assigned the role of Chief Architect for the Intel386" microprocessor. He was responsible for defining the company's 32-bit architectural extensions to the already successful 8086/186/286 16-bit product line. In this capacity, he set the architectural direction and later participated in the design of the processorby leading the microprogram development and test program generation. Crawford made similar contributions to the Intel486" product family.
Crawford co-managed the design of the Pentium® processor from its beginning in late 1989 to its successful introduction in 1993. He managed a team of architects, microprogram developers, test developers, and chip design specialists that varied from 20 to 50 over various phases of the project.
In 1992, Crawford was named as the seventh Intel Fellow, the company's highest ranking technical position. Intel Fellows are given freedom to explore new directions in technology.
In 1995, Crawford received the ACM/IEEE Eckert-Mauchly Award "For important contributions to the continuing development of microprocessor architectures and their supporting technology".
Crawford received a bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Brown University in 1975, and a master's degree in Computer Science from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in 1977.