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Tech firm Xilinx to create 100 jobs in Cork and Dublin

3 Nov 2017

US multinational tech company Xilinx is expanding its reach across Ireland.

Today (3 November), Xilinx announced its intention to invest $40m into its EMEA headquarters in Dublin and Cork.

The investment is marked to expand Xilinx’s research, development and engineering operations in Ireland and will lead to 100 new jobs across its Dublin and Cork locations.

The company will recruit 75 senior silicon and electronics engineering staff for its regional headquarters in Dublin and for its engineering centre in Cork. Additionally, 25 new employees will be hired across a broad range of business disciplines supporting the continued growth of Xilinx in Ireland.

Xilinx is a global tech firm that specialises in programmable logic technologies – highly advanced and immensely powerful microchips that can be programmed post-production into a diverse range of electronic systems across the ICT industry.

The new investment and recruitment, supported by IDA Ireland, will benefit the company’s high-level research, development and engineering work for advanced technologies and products, including the application of AI and machine learning in key strategic markets such as cloud computing, embedded vision, industrial IoT and 5G wireless.

‘High-quality jobs’

Speaking at the announcement, Xilinx’s senior vice-president Kevin Cooney said machine learning and AI will have a profound impact on society as a whole.

“This investment by Xilinx in Ireland will fuel advanced product development and research that will enable ever more intelligent and efficient AI development and deployment,” he said.

An Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Frances Fitzgerald, TD, said the new investment by Xilinx is a great vote of confidence in Ireland.

“Xilinx’s expansion and the 100 new, high-quality jobs announced today, are a very valuable contribution to our thriving research capability in these exciting technologies.”

Xilinx first came to Ireland more than 20 years ago. Its EMEA headquarters is based in Citywest, Dublin, with R&D operations in Cork.

A flurry of jobs announcements

Xilinx’s news comes hot on the heels of several other jobs announcements this week, with hundreds of new roles announced for Dublin in the last 24 hours.

Earlier this morning, international cloud communications company Twilio revealed plans to expand its EMEA headquarters over three years, bringing 100 jobs to Dublin. Also in the capital, Dublin Aerospace intends to take on 102 new employees over the next three years.

Last night, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg confirmed that hundreds of new jobs are to be created at the social network’s operations in Ireland in 2018.

Meanwhile, in the world of pharma, Theravance Biopharma hopes to further establish its presence by expanding its Irish employee base.

Jenny Darmody
By Jenny Darmody

Jenny Darmody became the editor of Silicon Republic in 2023, having worked as the deputy editor since February 2020. When she’s not writing about the science and tech industry, she’s writing short stories and attempting novels. She continuously buys more books than she can read in a lifetime and pretty stationery is her kryptonite. She also believes seagulls to be the root of all evil and her baking is the stuff of legends.

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