Intel and Tyndall National Institute form US$1.5m research collaboration


21 Sep 2010

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Intel has signed a $1.5m advanced research collaboration with Irish ICT Institute, Tyndall National Institute, UCC.

The agreement is the first of its kind for Intel in Ireland and establishes a direct collaboration between Tyndall and the heart of Intel’s technology research group in the US. Intel has just one other similar agreement in Europe.

This agreement will provide Intel with a commercial exploitation licence to technology created through the collaboration with Tyndall.

Under this agreement, Tyndall and Intel researchers will investigate next-generation materials, devices and photonics technologies that could have a huge impact on the direction of future electronic devices.

Minister comments on research collaboration

Batt O’Keeffe TD, the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation, welcomed the agreement, saying it signalled an important collaboration between industry and higher education.

The Innovation Taskforce Report called for greater collaboration between industry and academia in producing more commercially strategic and market-focused research outputs,” said O’Keeffe.

“By driving the collaboration agenda, the Government is laying a sustainable growth path based on new high-quality jobs and innovative products and services.

“Intel’s investment shows Ireland has the high-quality research infrastructure and human capital needed to develop cutting-edge technologies for globally competitive markets.

“The role of Tyndall National Institute, Ireland’s leading high-tech research institute, to host the research work reaffirms its reputation for aligning with the needs of indigenous and multinational firms,” he said.

Mike Mayberry, director of Components Research and VP of Technology and Manufacturing, said at the announcement that both Intel and Tyndall have been working closely together for some time now.

“This new agreement forms a direct relationship with Intel’s internal research group in Portland. Through their publications and technology, Tyndall researchers have demonstrated their ability to innovate and invent technologies that can advance the frontiers of semiconductor technology,” said Mayberry.

“We at Intel are excited to enter into this advanced research agreement with Tyndall and look forward to a productive collaboration with the team here.”