Leixlip is home to a semiconductor wafer fabrication facility and the Movidius Engineering team.
It’s What’s Inside that Counts at Intel Ireland
Intel Ireland's Leixlip campus, located in County Kildare, began operations in 1989. Since then, Intel has invested $22 billion in turning the 360-acre former stud farm into one of the most technologically advanced manufacturing locations in Europe. This facility is the largest private investment ever made in the history of the Irish State. Today, more than 4,500 people work at the campus in Leixlip.
The Leixlip campus is home to a semiconductor wafer fabrication facility, which in recent years, has undergone an upgrade project that has enabled the site to be a key location for production of Intel’s 14nm process technology. The leading-edge silicon microprocessors that are manufactured in Ireland are at the heart of a variety of platforms and technology advancements that are essential to the way we learn, live, and work today.
The Irish fab operations have consistently played a central role within Intel’s global manufacturing network. We’ve also leveraged our advanced manufacturing capability and world class infrastructure to develop new competencies for Intel in the areas of research and design.
In September 2016 Intel announced the acquisition of Movidius, a Dublin founded company that is transforming the future of computer vision and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to accelerate innovation for the next generation of smart and connected devices. Movidius is at the forefront of a new era of computing. Their technology enables new levels of intelligence for edge devices (cameras, drone, robots) by delivering low-power, high-performance SoC platforms around computer vision.
This acquisition brought with it algorithms tuned for deep learning inference, depth processing, navigation and mapping, and natural interactions. It also brought broad expertise in embedded computer vision and machine intelligence. The Movidius Engineering team operates out of three primary locations in Ireland, Romania, and North America. The Ireland team are based at the Leixlip campus and specialize in leading edge computer vision IP and hardware development.
Additionally, there’s a dedicated team of employees involved in Silicon Nanoelectronics Research. This team collaborates with research institutes such as the CRANN Nanoscience Research Centre in Trinity College Dublin, which hosts SFI Research centre AMBER (Advanced Materials and Bioengineering Research), and the Tyndall National Research Institute in Cork. Intel also collaborates with universities and other companies in Ireland through several different initiatives. These include having specific partnership agreements with several third level institutions across the country.
Ireland is part of Intel’s global manufacturing site expansion plans. Construction activity began in early 2019 on the multiyear project that will double the available manufacturing space in Ireland. In March 2021, we shared that $7 billion dollars have been invested in the construction project so far and that it’s a planned location for the production of the latest generation Intel 4 technology. Construction activity is well advanced and tool installation will begin by the end of 2021. The project creates 1,600 full time, hi-tech roles once complete and will involve 6,000 construction workers at its peak.
The work that we undertake at the Leixlip campus is world class and unique in terms of its scale and complexity and has had a very significant impact on both the local and national economy in many ways. For example, Intel Ireland contributes €1.08 billion each year to the Irish economy and supports 6,669 full time equivalent jobs in the economy that are in addition to the 4,500 people working for Intel. We support 771 Irish suppliers with who we spend €284 million every year.
Find Out More About the Leixlip Campus
With a population of employee’s equivalent to a small town, the Intel Ireland campus in Leixlip is home to a vibrant and dynamic mixture of activities and a diverse collection of people.
We recently celebrated 30 years of operations here in Ireland. This video was specially created to coincide with this important milestone and it is a celebration of all that has been made possible by our employees over the past 30 years.
As part of the Leader video series we will bring you candid chats with some of Intel Ireland’s business leaders as we find out everything, from what they wanted to be when they grew up to their favourite pastimes.