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Intel Ireland Spotlight

Celebrating 20 Years of Intel in Ireland

November 27, 2009 marks a special day for Intel as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of operations in Ireland.

Intel located its technology campus in Ireland in 1989 and the production of motherboards and systems began the following year. Since then,over €6.0 billion has been invested in the 360 acre former stud farm, turning it into the most technologically advanced industrial location in Europe. Intel Ireland now boasts high tech manufacturing facilities as well as key business groups such as Digital Health, Intel Labs, several support functions and our Embedded Communications site in Shannon.

Intel has been good for Ireland over the last 20 years and Ireland has certainly been good for Intel – We look forward to the next 20 years of success working as team on the Ireland site and across our community and country.

Intel Ireland Milestones




Intel selected Ireland as its European manufacturing and technology headquarters and commenced construction of the original PC motherboards and systems Factory (ESSM) at Leixlip.



Assembly of PCs began in February in temporary premises in Palmerstown,west Dublin.



ESSM completed and fully operational producing PC motherboards and systems.



Construction of Fab 10 commenced - world's first high volume 200mm semiconductor wafer plant



Fab 10 Factory construction completed



Fab 10 officially opened and production of the Pentium® processor ramped



Extension to ESSM opened, dedicated to PC systems production



Fab 14 expansion announced





ESSM transitions successfully into manufacture of the Single Edge Contact cartridge (SECc)

Fab 14 officially opened

SECc winds down and employees redeployed to the higher value Fab Operations



Craig Barrett announces Fab 24 project for Ireland site to come on stream in 2004. Construction started in July.



In April, Fab 24 construction restart announced



In March Ireland Fab Operations introduced 0.13 micron Flash memory technology – a $200 million investment



In June 2003, Intel IT Innovation Centre headquarters unveiled at Leixlip campus



In January, CRANN, the Centre for Research in Adaptive Nanostructures and Nanodevices is announced




In May Intel announced $2 billion investment in Fab24-2

In June, Fab 24 officially opened by Taoiseach Bertie Ahern



In April Ireland Fab Operations manufactures 1 billionth microprocessor



First full loop on 65nm technology comes through in March



In June, Fab 24-2 officially opened by Taoiseach Bertie Ahern



In January, the Technology Research for Independent Living (TRIL) Centre officially launched




In September Intel Ireland hosted the European Research and Innovation Conference, an event which showcased a world class research and innovation eco system in Ireland and the EU.



40th Anniversary of Intel Worldwide




Intel awarded the prestigious honour of Overall Outstanding Achievement in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) at The Chambers Ireland’s President’s Awards for CSR.



20th Anniversary of Intel in Ireland

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