Intel design boost for Kildare

Noel Murphy, Quark Engineering Manager, is pictured with the new Intel Galileo development board that features the Quark SoC X1000 technology - both were designed in Intel Ireland Pic:Marc O'Sullivan
KILDARE got a boost yesterday when Intel Corporation CEO Brian Krzanich unveiled a new computer chip product which has been designed in Ireland.

KILDARE got a boost yesterday when Intel Corporation CEO Brian Krzanich unveiled a new computer chip product which has been designed in Ireland.

The Intel Galileo board is the first product in a new family of Arduino-compatible development boards featuring Intel architecture.

Combined they will make it easier for artists, designers and other do-it-yourself enthusiasts – who often don’t have technical backgrounds – to create interactive objects or environments.

The new Galileo board and the Intel Quark SoC X1000, by which it is powered, were both designed in Ireland at the Intel campus in Leixlip by a team of 70 people.

The design team is led by Philip Moynagh and Noel Murphy who have guided the project over the last three years from a mere idea to the very the innovative piece of technology which is available today. The project has been supported since its inception by the Industrial Development Agency (IDA) in Ireland.

Eamonn Sinnott, Intel Ireland General Manager said the unveiling represents a great day for Intel Ireland as both of these new technologies were designed right here in Kildare. “The Quark SoC which is the first product from the Intel Quark technology family of low-power, small-core products, is the culmination of years of hard work, collaboration, and unwavering vision on the part of a number of people and represents an important development of design competency for Intel Ireland.

Barry O’Leary, IDA Ireland said: “This is the first Intel product developed, from inception, here in Ireland. The development of this new world-leading technology here at Intel’s Leixlip plant is testament to the expertise and skills levels that Intel have built in Co.Kildare. This new chip has been designed in Ireland and sold across the world – a “designed in Ireland” trademark will be printed on each product. The development of this chip here in Ireland shows that we can compete with any location in the world when it comes to developing and manufacturing leading technology. This design project represents a significant coup for Ireland. This project puts Ireland in the list of top countries in the world for chip design.”