Manufacturing and Operations
Leadership in manufacturing and operations
Since 1989, 360 acres of the Collinstown Industrial Park has been turned into the most advanced industrial campus in Ireland with an investment of US$7 billion by Intel. More than 4,000 people work at the campus. Intel employs over 200 more people at Intel Communications Europe, the Ireland product development arm of our Communications Product Group located in Shannon, County Clare. Our Leixlip campus is the location of four semi-conductor wafer fabrication facilities; Fab 10 and Fab 14, which operate jointly as Ireland Fab Operations (IFO), and Fab 24 and Fab 24-2, which operate jointly as Fab 24.
IFO is critical to the Intel Fab network. Its high product mix made it a complex operation. IFO, a 200mm facility, is currently equipped to run multiple individual products. The Fab 24 facility processes 300mm wafers on multiple process technologies. Fab 24 is one of Intel's most technologically advanced, high-volume manufacturing plants. These facilities produce latest-generation silicon microprocessors that power the technology platforms essential to the way we learn, live and work today.
Intel Ireland has an excellent environmental management track record. Its environmental management system is accredited to the ISO 14001 quality standard. Intel Ireland has also recently been accredited with the IS 393 Energy Management standard.
Research in manufacturing
Research in manufacturing includes process control (to enable higher manufacturing yields at lower cost), operations research (to improve cycle time performance), factory information and control (including factory-equipment diagnostics and energy management) and harvest programme (connecting with small companies and research institutes across Europe to harvest near-ready solutions for manufacturing control).
The Irish government proposed Competence Centres to address a key issue: the need to reinforce strengths between industry by ensuring they are highly networked together. They are collaborative entities resourced by highly qualified researchers who conduct market-focused strategic research for the benefit of industry. In partnership with other hi-tech companies based in Ireland, the Intel Technology and Manufacturing Research Team has taken a leadership role in establishing three Competence Centres in Ireland.
Intel Technology and manufacturing research in Ireland
The dedicated researchers of the Intel Technology and Manufacturing Research Team in Ireland are on a mission. They believe that Ireland will be a leader in technology and manufacturing research. To this end, they collaborate with research institutes, universities and other companies across Europe.
Current areas of investigation for the team include: semi-conductor manufacturing (such as advanced process control and energy efficiency) and nanotechnology (including research into nano-materials synthesis and integration, nano-photonics and silicon spintronics).
Much research takes place in Ireland, at organisations including:
* The Centre for Research on Adaptive Nanostructures and Nanodevices (CRANN)
* The Tyndall National Institute (Tyndall)
* The EU’s Framework Programme for Research and Technology Development (RTD)
* Factory Operations on our Leixlip campus
The Intel Technology and Manufacturing Research Team in Ireland uses internal Intel Ireland groups as well as Intel-funded research in Irish and European universities in partnership with the Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology (IRCSET).
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Collaboration with CRANN
In 2004 Intel was a founding member of The Centre for Research on Adaptive Nanostructures and Nanodevices (CRANN), a Science Foundation Ireland (SFI)-funded centre for science and engineering technology. CRANN’s members come from Trinity College Dublin, University College Cork, Intel, Hewlett Packard and a number of small to medium-sized enterprises.
From a 6000m2 five-story building on the northwest corner of the Trinity College campus CRANN provides state-of-the-art nano-science laboratories, together with a public science gallery. The world-class scientific leadership in CRANN is provided by 16 principal investigators. They conduct the work of 130 scientists and students.
Research carried out at CRANN includes alternative patterning techniques using self assembly, new memory structures using advanced magnetic layers, breakthrough methods for creating contacts to silicon and applications for carbon nanotubes in interconnect technology.
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Collaboration with the Tyndall National Institute
The Tyndall National Institute is one of the largest information and communications technology (ICT) hardware research centres in Europe. Tyndall was established in 2004 to bring together researchers from the former National Microelectronics Research Centre (NMRC), University College Cork (UCC) and Cork Institute of Technology (CIT).
The institute specialises in research into photonics, electronics, materials and nanotechnologies, and their applications for life sciences, communications, power electronics and other industries. Research programmes range from theoretical modelling and design, to novel material, nanotechnology, device processing and fabrication, packaging and integration, in addition to novel systems that incorporate these new devices.
With an operating budget of more than €30 million per year Tyndall employs more than 365 engineers and research scientists. The research centres are supported by a strong theory, modelling and design centre, and a wafer fabrication facility. Many of Tyndall’s PhD graduates go on to pursue careers in industry and are respected for the quality of their research and development. Currently Tyndall is host to 105 PhD students and 11 Masters students, with Intel sponsoring over 20 projects, including the SFI-sponsored Strategic Research Cluster, called FORME (functional oxides and related materials for electronics), which Tyndall National Institute coordinates.
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