Intel's research in Europe is broad and deep. It ranges from nanotechnology up to wireless communications, networking and more abstract topics such as cloud computing, financial computing and healthcare services.
On the nanotechnology front Intel Labs Europe is working mainly in Ireland, where it has four wafer fabs on its Leixlip campus. The research includes such topics as alternative circuit patterning using self assembly, memory structures using magnetic layers, applications for carbon nanotubes in interconnect and metal oxides research for logic applications. The research is conducted in partnership with the Center for Research on Adaptive Nanostructures and Nanodevices (CRANN) at Trinity College Dublin and at the Tyndall National Institute at University College Cork.
In Braunschwieg, Germany, Intel researchers are working on multiprocessing while counterparts in Barcelona are experts in compilation. Intel has four labs in Russia, in Saint Petersburg, Moscow, Novosibirsk, Nizhny Novgorod. Today the team contributes to different software projects based on strong competencies in compilers, binary translation, parallelization, simulation, multimedia and codecs, graphics, CAD and Java.
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In 2008 Intel already had about 800 engineers engaged in research in about 15 laboratories across Europe, so the formation of ILE was partly to do with reorganizing Intel's EMEA research under a single management structure. But it was also about opening Intel up to more collaboration, particularly within Framework Program 7 (FP7), the European Union's financially supported R&D initiative.
To that end Intel has established so-called "open labs" in Munich, Germany and Leixlip, Ireland to enable and host participation in FP7 projects with European companies, startups and universities.