“In our highly competitive and rapidly changing global markets, success is hard earned, establishing a high performing team with strong technical, managerial and leadership skills is critical to being able to build new products that lead in the marketplace. This makes a genuine contribution to the advancement of Ireland and of Ireland in Europe”.
Jim O’Hara, General Manager, Intel Ireland and Vice President Technology Manufacturing Group
At a Glance
Intel is the world’s largest semiconductor chip maker and has a 75% share of the microprocessor market. The company’s largest customers are Dell and Hewlett Packard. Worldwide, Intel employs 94,000 people and includes wafer fabrication facilities in Ireland, Arizona, Oregon, New Mexico, California, Massachusetts and a Chinese operation.
Company in Ireland
Intel established its only European manufacturing facility in Leixlip, Co. Kildare in 1989. Since then, Intel has invested over €7 billion expanding its product range over a number of generations of technology. Intel Ireland, which is the largest Intel operation outside the US and Europe’s most advanced semiconductor manufacturing facility, employs over 4,000 people.
Intel has announced a €50 million investment in the expansion of its R&D facility at the Shannon free Zone in Co. Clare. The investment has the capacity to increase Intel’s workforce bringing the total employment to approximately 300.
Intel’s Irish operations include;
- IFO – Fab 10 (1990) and Fab 14 (1995) manufactures Pentium microprocessors on 200mm/8 inch wafers using 0.18 micron technology.
- Fab 24 (2004) produces 300 mm/12 inch wafers using 90 nanometer process technology.
- Fab 24-2 (2006) manufactures 300mm/12 inch wafers using 65-nanometer process technology.
- Intel Shannon (2000) established by the acquisition of Basis Technology. Operation designs advanced microprocessors for use in embedded computing, communications and storage markets (Silicon Design, Software Engineering & Technical Marketing Operations based in Ireland).
- IT Innovation Centre (2003) – €16m investment in the research & development of applications in a wide variety of areas including peer-to-peer networks, digital health, mobility solutions, education deployment technologies (including wireless & satellite) and e-learning architectures and platforms – grown to a global network of 12 centres all reporting into Ireland.
- Expansion of Innovation Centre (2006) – Additional €20m investment.
- Silicon Design (2006) - €19m investment in silicon research, product design & test development.
- Digital Health Initiative (2006) - €25m investment over three years. Undertaking core research that will lead to identification of global digital technologies, products and services for the healthcare industry to provide preventative and independent care for the aged.
- Havok - Intel Corporation recently acquired 100% of Havok Incorporated, the animation software company, whose software and services are used by digital media creators in the game and movie industries. Intel paid approximately €79.2m for the company and Havok has become a wholly owned subsidiary of Intel and continues to operate as an independent business, working with its customers in developing digital media content.
In January 2009, Intel announced a €50m investment which will see its research staff increase to over 300 people by 2013.
Intel and Services Innovation
In 2003, Intel Ireland was asked to look at services innovation, a project that led to a dedicated IT Innovation Centre, focused on developing applications to drive future demand for Intel’s products.
The Innovation Centre has five main streams:
- Systematic Innovation – optimization of the chip design process.
- Managing IT for business value.
- IT core research areas including infrastructure, data agility and productivity and collaboration.
- Seeking improvements in core competencies.
- Green IT programme – optimization of sustainable IT.