Tech & Innovation

First Irish designed microchip to be honored at the Silicon Valley Awards

By Business & Finance
15 September 2014

The first Irish designed and developed microchip, the Galileo Board, will receive international accolades during the Irish Technology Leadership Group’s (ITLG) 7th annual Silicon Valley Global Awards.

ITLG’s annual gala honours Irish and Irish American innovators and draws some of the biggest names in tech. This year’s event will take place on 8th October at Stanford University.

“What Intel has accomplished with the Galileo Chip represents not only a great contribution to the global tech economy, but an incredible example of Irish innovation,” said John Hartnett, president and founder of ITLG. “We look forward to honoring this team’s stunning work.”

The Galileo Chip was unveiled in the fall of 2013 at a Maker Faire in Rome by Intel CEO, Brian Krzanich. The microchip is a Quark-powered Arduino-compatible board that makes high tech design easy for the manufacturer and educational communities from which the bulk of planet-changing ideas will come. The microchip is a part of a new highly-integrated lower-power product family that extends Intel’s reach further into Internet-of-Things and Wearable markets.

Proudly emblazoned across the Galileo board are the words ‘Designed in Ireland’ reflecting the fact that both the Intel Quark product and the Intel Galileo board were designed in here.

“This is the first Intel product developed, from inception, here in Ireland,” said Barry O’Leary, CEO at IDA Ireland. “The development of this new world-leading technology is testament to the expertise and skill levels that Intel has built here. 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.”

Philip Moynagh, VP of Intel’s Internet of Things Group, and GM of Quark Solutions Division added: “It is often said that success has a thousand parents, and that is certainly true of the double win of Quark and Galileo. “Intel, the Irish Government and Irish educational institutions have taken great education, augmented it with great networking, framed it with great vision, and delivered great results.”

In addition to the Design in Ireland award, on October 8th ITLG will honor the Silicon Valley 50, a prestigious group composed of celebrated Irish and Irish-American technology leaders. The evening will also feature a Distinguished Leadership Award, the ITLG/Irish Times Innovation Awards, and the Spirit of Ireland Award.