Press Release 03 Oct 2013

IDA Ireland are pleased to welcome the announcement today of the Intel Galileo board containing the new Quark X1000 chip, both of which were designed in Ireland.
The new Intel Galileo development board was unveiled at the Maker Faire conference in Rome today and it contains the Quark SoC X1000, which was developed at the Intel plant in Leixlip Co. Kildare.

IDA Ireland and Intel collaborated on the design project over the last three years and today the agency described the design of the chip in Ireland as a major coup.

The new Quark technology will extend Intel’s capabilities into rapidly growing areas – from the Internet of Things to wearable computing in the future.  The Internet of Things refers to the myriad of objects in the world around us that are increasingly becoming embedded with sensors and therefore gaining the ability to communicate both with us and with other objects such as devices in the home, in transportation and in retail spaces.
The processor core at the heart of the Quark SoC X1000 is a 32-bit, single core, single-thread, Pentium® instruction set architecture (ISA)-compatible CPU, operating at speeds up to 400MHz.

Intel is working with 17 universities across six continents to develop curriculum based on the new Intel Galileo board, including University College Cork and Trinity College Dublin.
Intel Ireland is one of IDA Ireland’s key strategic clients - IDA provided significant support to this project.
Eamonn Sinnott, Intel Ireland General Manager said: “The unveiling today of the Intel Galileo development board that features the Quark SoC X1000 represents a great day for Intel Ireland as both of these new technologies were designed right here in Kildare. The Quark SoC which is the first product from the Intel® Quark technology family of low-power, small-core products, is the culmination of years of hard work, collaboration, and unwavering vision on the part of a number of people and represents an important development of design competency for Intel Ireland. The Quark SOC will enable a host of low power devices in wearable technology and the internet of things. I would like to thank the IDA for their continued commitment to this project and for their recognition of the importance of developing such competencies right here in Ireland”.
Barry O’Leary, CEO at IDA Ireland said: “This is the first Intel product developed, from inception, here in Ireland. The development of this new world-leading technology here at Intel’s Leixlip plant is testament to the expertise and skills levels that Intel have built in Co.Kildare. This new chip has been designed in Ireland and sold across the world – a “designed in Ireland”  trademark will be printed on each product. The development of this chip here in Ireland shows that we can compete with any location in the world when it comes to developing and manufacturing leading technology. This design project represents a significant coup for Ireland. This project puts Ireland in the list of top countries in the world for chip design.”
Facts about Intel Ireland:
•    Came to Ireland in 1989
•    Over 4,500 employees in Ireland
•    Since its establishment in 1989, Intel has invested over €6 billion in expanding and upgrading the advanced manufacturing facilities to keep the Leixlip campus at the forefront of lead-edging technology.

Intel contact: Brendan Cannon, PH: +353 86 822 2821, Email:
IDA contact:  Gillian Kelly, Press and PR Executive,  PH: + 353 87 1789893

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