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Intel Shannon – The Future Is Smart and Connected

Based in Shannon Co. Clare in the West of Ireland, Intel Shannon's Research and Development (R&D) campus is a Centre of Excellence for network transformation and cloud computing, that is transforming our connected world. At Intel Shannon we are committed to creating positive and tangible impacts across our technologies, the network and people. We believe in a dynamic and diverse work culture. Our employees work alongside people from across the globe who are passionate about technology and have the opportunities to enrich the world. Opening our doors in 2000, our innovative and vibrant R&D site has grown to almost 300 employees, and is home to award winning multidisciplinary teams.

Intel Shannon – Leader in Network Research and Development

We live in a world where more devices are connected to the network than ever before, unleashing a new wave of opportunity for innovation in the telecommunications industry. By 2020, it is expected that there will be 29 billion devices connected to the internet, and mobile data traffic will increase by 45%. It is clear that a new generation of networks is needed, as the existing networks were not designed for this volume of traffic. At Intel Shannon, we have developed long-standing relationships with Communications Service Providers, and work with them to lead the way to network transformation to keep up with the increasing demands of a connected world.

Intel Shannon is a Research and Development campus specializing in Software Engineering, Silicon Design and Customer Marketing, enabling network transformation solutions to address the problems of the telecommunications business. We focus on helping our customers change the way they deploy, manage and architect the network through silicon and software development.

Essentially we design, develop and innovate the technologies that drive the next generation network. Intel powers every segment of the smart, connected world, from the cloud, through the network, to the device. Advances in virtualization and cloud technologies are shifting the landscape, and Intel sits at the forefront of the network transformation, with technologies such as Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV). We focus on both Legacy and Next Generation 5G networks that will be capable of supporting billions of connected devices and “things”. Only 5G has the scale and scope to enable new insights, drive business efficiencies and create monetization. To learn more about our technology, check out below.

Great Place to Work and Diversity

At the heart of Intel Shannon's growth and success has been a diverse and dynamic workforce, with talent being a core ingredient to this success. We believe in creating an environment where people of incredible talent and of different walks of life can flourish and thrive. Our culture is fundamentally one of openness, collaboration and learning, and above all a passion for the work we do. We recruit top engineers and developers from around the globe and offer career development and programs that make Shannon a place of opportunity and growth.

Located in Ireland's Mid-West, Intel Shannon is conveniently located close to Shannon Airport, a major international airport with direct flights to the UK, mainland Europe, and the US, among other destinations. It's less than twenty minutes from the modern and vibrant city of Limerick with its renowned university, and to the market town of Ennis. Shannon is only a few miles from the route of the Wild Atlantic Way, while nearby amenities, to mention just a few, include:

  • Sightseeing at the Cliffs of Moher, Bunratty Castle
  • Hill-walking or potholing in the Burren
  • Swimming or surfing at one of the many beautiful beaches including Lahinch, Kilkee, and Ballybunion
  • Golfing in championship courses such as those at Doonbeg, Ballybunion, Adare Manor, or Lahinch
  • Watching rugby in Thomond Park, the home of the world-renowned Munster Rugby team

Volunteering and "fun" raising

Working in the semiconductor industry, Intel has a dynamic fast-paced work environment, so it can be easy to get caught up in daily responsibilities. But, at Intel Shannon, employees have a passion to make a difference to our community, an integral part of our culture. Intel Shannon is never short of people willing to give their time, effort and money to charities and community projects.

Not only does volunteering enrich the local community but it creates a happy and healthy environment within the office. Intel also supports our Matching Grant program where a "match" of $10 per hour volunteered will be triggered by the Intel Foundation to the school or qualified nonprofit organization.

But don't take our word for it – see what our employees have to say!

"I love Volunteering, and as an Intel employee, I want to do my part for the community. Yes, it is our corporate responsibility but in reality, a few hours of my day could really make a difference in someone's life. Plus we can have a bit of craic and create some great memories to look back on."
"I think volunteering is an important part the culture at Intel Shannon, everyone here is so open to helping the community. It feels amazing to go to the communities centers and seeing the difference I can make."
"Intel's matching grants to me is an amazing benefit of working at Shannon. Regardless I would be volunteering at my local sports club, but knowing that my time there is benefiting my club in multiple ways really makes me happy to represent Intel."

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)

Intel believes that young people are the key to solving global challenges and that a solid math and science foundation coupled with skills such as critical thinking, collaboration, and problem-solving are crucial to their success. As a leading technology company, we depend on the future availability of skilled workers and knowledgeable customers, all of which are supported by initiatives that allow students to experience and explore learning linked to science and technology.

Intel Shannon proudly supports this belief, and we are passionate about supporting STEM education as a priority. We have been at the forefront of STEM outreach in Munster, encouraging participation in Intel programs, supporting local events and institutions and inspiring onsite STEM innovation with our co-ops.

Some of our STEM activities include: supporting local primary school children in the Intel Mini Scientist competition; participating in local events during Engineers' Week; and participating in the Intel Academy. You can read more about all of these on the Intel Newsroom. We also support local STEM events including SciFest, Limerick for Engineering and Science Foundation Ireland's Smart Futures. In addition, many of our employees are passionate about supporting STEM in the community in their own personal time. They take time out of their weekend to volunteer at Coder Dojos, volunteer as STEM mentors for local secondary schools, and work with local Third Level institutions to enhance the learning experience of students studying software development, computer science, and related disciplines.

Within the Intel Shannon site, we run a ten-week program called the STEM Challenge which gives our co-ops an opportunity to develop a product idea from its conception to a working prototype under a specific guideline which changes year to year. We built the STEM Challenge to encourage the co-ops to innovate and apply Intel solutions to everyday problems, and each year we are blown away by the student's technical and innovation standard.

These types of programs and initiatives are giving our community the kind of meaningful, real-world exposure to STEM jobs that can last a lifetime.

Women in Technology Scholarships

Intel Shannon is the proud founder of the Intel "Women In Technology Scholarships" (WIT), that celebrated its 10th Anniversary in 2015. The aim of the WIT program is to encourage the next generation of technical females to study and pursue a career in either Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM). The scholarship involves a €3000 award for each year of the degree as well as the provision of an Intel mentor and the opportunity to complete summer internships at an Intel Ireland office.

At the heart of Intel Shannon's growth and success for the past number of years has been a diverse and dynamic workforce, with talent being such a core ingredient to our success. It is clear to see why we are passionate about encouraging and inspiring the next generation of tech innovators. The WIT program exemplifies not only our commitment to education but also our commitment to diversity.

Over ten years the scholarship application process has been refined to identify the brightest and best new talent. To learn more or to apply click here.

Our Technology

Connecting billions of devices generates massive waves of data and Intel powers every segment of the smart, connected world, from the cloud to the network to the device.

Intel Shannon is at the forefront of network development as we move from the traditional network topology of vertically integrated boxes to networking functions running within virtual machines on standard high volume servers. This allows communication service providers to benefit from Moore's law are in the same way that the cloud service providers have been doing, with the help of Software Defined Networks (SDN), Network Function Virtualization (NFV) and Cloud technologies.

In particular, SDN separates the control plane from the data plane, allowing flexible bandwidth re-allocation and controllable routing. NFV, meanwhile, allows network functions to be run in virtual machines on standard high volume servers, instead of on custom hardware appliances for each network function. This gives the network service provider the ability to deploy network functions in real time from any location within the cloud platform, leading to a more efficient use of resources. The goal with both SDN and NFV is to control the network logically, with software, minimizing hands-on work with those network devices.

These advantages are reshaping the telecommunication industry and enhancing the future of the mobile network. The other major network technology on which Intel Shannon is working is 5G, the fifth generation of mobile networking. As mobility evolves beyond the smartphone, 5G is becoming one of the most impactful technology transformations we are likely to see in our lifetime. It will deliver next-generation experiences including autonomous driving, smart cities, the Internet of Things, smart homes, and VR.

The 5G era is about a fantastic, flexible network that will connect everything to everything, and everybody to everything. At Intel Shannon, many of our Engineers are already working on accelerating the 5G Future. This is why Intel Shannon Engineers are working to transform the network, accelerating the path to 5G in collaboration with our customers and partners in the industry. This isn't about the mobility of the past. This is about architecting the future.