Case Study 31 Mar 2014

2014 marks 25 years since Intel's first investment in Ireland. In this time Intel has invested over $12.5 billion in their Leixlip campus and their extensive R&D activity led to the launch, in 2013, of the first Intel product exclusively designed and developed in Ireland.

Twenty-five years of growth and innovation

In twenty-five years, Intel has grown from modest beginnings in a garage in Dublin to running a cutting-edge 360-acre campus in Leixlip. There, they conduct operations and diverse activities representing the spectrum of Intel's global business.

One of Intel's most technologically advanced, high-volume manufacturing plants in the world, Fab 24, produces 300mm wafers using 65 nanometer and 90 nanometer process technologies. This advanced manufacturing capability is a key enabler for numerous research and development initiatives that are carried out at the campus.

We have a thriving state of the art advanced manufacturing campus in Leixlip, Co. Kildare and numerous other business units in locations throughout the island of Ireland, each staffed with our highly trained, motivated and flexible employees.Eamonn Sinnott, MD of Intel in Ireland

$12.5 billion FDI investment

Since 1989, Intel has invested over $12.5 billion in their Leixlip campus. This investment has kept it at the forefront of lead-edging industrial technology. The impact of the capital investment into the Irish economy has been huge, representing €1.2 billion annually and the support of 9366 equivalent full-time jobs.

View Intel’s 25 year infographic for an in-depth look at their investment in Ireland and its resulting economic impact.

People and regions

While Intel employs over 4,500 people directly on the Leixlip campus in Kildare, Intel Shannon, the European arm of Intel’s embedded communications group, employs 200 people. Intel Belfast (formerly Aepona) employs over 200 people in Belfast and Wicklow. Two wholly owned subsidiaries McAfee and Havok respectively employ 300 people in Cork and 40 people primarily in Dublin.

Intel in Ireland

Research at Intel's core

Galileo - Designed in Ireland

The IDA has remained actively involved with Intel since their first FDI investment in 1989. This collaboration led to the announcement in 2013 of the Intel Galileo board containing the new Quark X1000 chip, both of which were designed in Ireland. Developed over three years by a team of 70, the new Quark Technology will extend Intel’s capabilities into a range of rapidly growing areas – from the internet of things to wearable computing.

Collaboration in Nanoscience

A dedicated team involved in Silicon Nanoelectronics Research collaborates with institutes such as the CRANN Nanoscience Research Centre in Trinity College Dublin and the Tyndall National Research Institute in Cork. The team also collaborates with universities and other companies across Ireland and Europe.

Pushing digital innovation in Europe

The research team in the Innovation Open Lab is focused on Energy and Sustainability, and Dependable Cloud and Services research. They facilitate and engage in open research and innovation opportunities in Europe and are a network leader of Intel Labs Europe. There, they focus on expanding Intel’s European R&D activities and investments against a Digital Europe Innovation Agenda.

Manufacturing research and design

The Product Development Engineering Team conducts manufacturing research and design leading edge test solutions for Intel semiconductor circuits such as microprocessors, chipsets, and consumer and embedded electronics devices.

Taking the lead in industry research

Intel has taken a leadership role with two Irish industry led Technology Centres. The Energy Research Centre (I2E2) and The Irish Centre for Manufacturing Research (ICMR) are designed to reinforce collaboration and networking within both industry and the academic spheres.

Products and services

Leading-edge silicon products

The Leixlip facilities constitute one of Intel's most technologically advanced, high-volume manufacturing sites in the world. They produce leading-edge silicon products that power platforms and technology advancements that are essential to the way we learn, live and work today.

Advanced microprocessors

Intel’s Shannon base designs advanced microprocessors for use in embedded computing, communications and storage markets. A €51m R&D expansion was announced in 2009.

Animation software development

Intel owns 100% of Dublin based Havok Inc, the animation software company, whose software and services are used by digital media creators in the game and movie industries.

International sales and services

Cork based McAfee fulfills 5 international mandates; software localisation, engineering, financial shared services, supply chain management and inside sales while expanding their research and development.