Ireland is Intel's centre of manufacturing excellence in Europe. Since 1989, Intel has invested $13.9 billion, turning 360 acres of the Collinstown Industrial Park into the most advanced industrial campus in Europe.
Over the past 27 years Intel in Ireland has come to represent a diversity of activities across the spectrum of Intel business from advanced manufacturing to cutting edge research and design. Today, Intel has 4,900 employees across Ireland.
A Design Hub for the Internet of Things
In September 2013, Intel announced a new family of products called Quark, designed for the Internet of Things (IoT) and Wearable computing space. In October of that year the first Quark solution was launched, called Galileo, targeted at education and maker communities. This was shortly followed by the introduction of Quark based solutions for IoT in Industrial, Energy and Transportation. These technologies were designed in Ireland by a team of people based at the Leixlip campus. The Leixlip team continues to grow and plays an integral role in both Intel’s Quark Solutions division and Internet of Things group and in 2015 the Irish team were instrumental in the delivery of the Intel® Curie™ module, a complete low-power solution designed for wearable devices and consumer and industrial edge products.
In June 2015 Intel unveiled an Internet of Things (IoT) Ignition Lab at the Leixlip campus which is a dedicated facility for the collaborative development of novel IoT solutions.
Research is at the Heart of Intel Ireland
The core of advanced manufacturing capability which Intel has developed in Ireland is a key enabler for numerous research and development initiatives that are carried out across the country. There is a dedicated team of employees involved in Silicon Nanoelectronics Research who collaborate extensively with research 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 from across Ireland and Europe.
Also located at the Leixlip campus is the Intel Labs Europe Open Lab – Ireland. The lab is home to a research team which facilitates and engages in open research and innovation opportunities in Europe that can ultimately lead to value-driven technology solutions. The lab, which is a member and network leader of Intel Labs Europe, is focused on Internet of Things systems research, and dependable cloud and services research.
Intel Programmable Solutions Group (formerly Altera) in Cork
In June 2015 Intel announced that it would acquire Altera Corporation, a leading provider of field-programmable gate array (FPGA) technology. A number of Altera employees are located at an office in Co.Cork which opened in October 2004. The Cork office is composed of three primary functional groups, including Business Management (including Business Operations), Customer Service (including Sales Operations Analyst) and Finance (Business Partnering, EMEA Compliance, Credit & Collections, AR). All three functions are deeply involved in the financial and information flows of the supply chain – pricing, backlog management, contractual terms, controls and collection.
In September 2016 Intel announced the acquisition of Movidius, a company that is a world leader in Machine Vision Technology, providing visual intelligence to the next generation of connected devices. With Movidius, Intel gains low power, high performance SoC platforms for accelerating computer vision applications. Additionally, this acquisition brings algorithms tuned for deep learning, depth processing, navigation and mapping, and natural interactions, as well as broad expertise in embedded computer vision and machine intelligence. Movidius’ technology optimizes, enhances and brings Intel® RealSense™ capabilities to fruition. Movidius has a number of employees based at offices in Dublin.