s parent company - the giant U.S.
microprocessor business - is a quoted company
trading on the NASDAQ
exchange. Intel decided in 1989 to build its European
manufacturing operations in Leixlip
, County Kildare
, and formed Intel Ireland to be the holding company. The manufacturing plant manufactured its first chip in 1993. To base its European operations in Ireland, Intel received over IRE£87m in grants from IDA Ireland
. Intel Ireland also operates a research facility (Intel Shannon
) in Shannon, County Clare
which employs approximately 250 people.
Intel Ireland has approximately 4,500 people working at its Leixlip campus and as such it has been a major contributor to the performance of the Irish economy. Construction of the Fab 24 manufacturing plant in the 2000s signified its continuing commitment to developing its Irish operations. In all, Intel's investment in Ireland has been €
6 billion .
The Intel Ireland campus at Leixlip is Intel's largest manufacturing plant outside of the United States and consists of two semi-conductor wafer fabrication facilities: Fab 10 Ireland Fab Operations (IFO), and also the Fab 24 manufacturing plant which includes Fab 24-2. IFO is a 200mm wafer facility whilst Fab 24 processes 300mm wafers using 65 nanometer and 90 nanometer process technologies.
In April 2005 the operation announced that the one-billionth microchip had been manufactured by the Leixlip based operation . By August 2010, Intel Fab Operations (IFO)... Read More