"The dark side of me thinks that Apple has insisted on Paul Otellini leaving Intel as a condition to Apple moving their Application Processor fabrication business from the hated Samsung to the only slightly more desirable Intel."
Interesting. Last week, I caught myself thinking it could be Microsoft/Steve Ballmer pushing for Otellini's departure.
Reasons below. Of course, most of the reasons can be a stumbling block for Apple as well - but Microsoft has been impacted directly and has not done very well in recent years. Apple has been very successful over the last 10 years, there is more reason for Microsoft wanting to do something about this than Apple.
1) Otellini's close relationship with Google, Motorola Mobility-Intel deal, Chromebooks
2) Otellini pushing MeeGo and then Tizen, 2 possible OS competitors to Microsoft
3) Wintel breakup and Windows RT
Paul is leaving because with Obama & Moonbeam in there is no reason for a Ca resident to pay 13.3% state, 39.6% federal at his age, why hang in for 4 more years of treading water when you already have all you need. He's had long career, I am sure he's worn out.