Avtar Singh Saini, Renowned for His Contribution to the Intel Pentium Processor, Dies in Mumbai Accident

Orhan Wadia
Orhan Wadia - Editor
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Avtar Saini (right) was a passionate cyclist for over 10 years. (File)

Avtar Singh Saini, a former director of Intel’s South Asia division and a key figure in the development of the Pentium processor, tragically lost his life in a road accident on Palm Beach Road. The incident occurred when a speeding taxi collided with his bicycle.

Avtar Singh Saini, the 68-year-old NRI, was an avid cyclist, and he was scheduled to return to the US next month, according to the police.

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Upon receiving the news, his son and daughter, residing in the US, are en route to India. A police officer from the NRI Coastal police station mentioned, “His other relatives, based in Mumbai, had reached the hospital to claim the body. He had lost his wife a few years back to illness, and he stayed alone in Chembur when he came to Mumbai.”

Yash Thorat, a fellow cyclist who witnessed the accident on Palm Beach Road, provided details of the incident. “I do not know him personally, but I happened to cross paths with him and wished him ‘good morning.’ A few seconds later, I saw a taxi colliding with a cyclist ahead. I initially froze but gathered my strength and went to check. I found him lying on the road. He had some consciousness, and a few other cyclists who were there with him took him to the hospital. I later got to know that he did not survive,” Thorat said.

Another cyclist mentioned that Saini handed his phone to fellow cyclists and requested them to inform a friend about the incident. “He was bleeding, and the helmet had cracked,” he said.

Saini, an integral part of the CACG cycling group, was known for consistently wearing safety gear during his cycling activities, as attested by his fellow cyclists.

The taxi driver, apprehended by passersby at the scene, was handed over to the police. A case of negligence and rash driving has been registered against him.

In his illustrious 22-year career at Intel, Saini played a key role in co-leading the development of the Pentium processor and contributing to the initial phases of the Itanium Processor, the 64-bit Intel microprocessors. After leaving Intel in January 2004, he remained associated with several smaller yet innovative technology companies, including Montalvo Systems, where he served as the director of India operations from 2005 to 2008.

Introduced in March 1993, Intel’s “Pentium processor” became a groundbreaking development, dominating the computing market through the 1990s and well into the 2000s for personal computers (PCs), laptops, and large-scale data servers.

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