The growth of Intel Israel is closely interwoven with the evolution of the State of Israel. Founded in Haifa in 1974 with five employees, today Intel employs more than 8,000 people, in addition to indirectly impacting the employment of roughly 25,000 workers in Israel. These large numbers bring with them great responsibility to maintain business leadership, economic stability and employment fairness.
As pioneers of the high-tech industry in Israel, Intel works hard on many levels to satisfy the passion for technology and to develop the next generation of engineers in Israel. In 2011, Intel exported goods worth $2.2 billion and made $628 million of reciprocal procurements from Israeli suppliers. Over the past five years, Intel contributed more than $4.1 billion to the development of Israel’s economy as part of the company's Industrial Development Plan. In 2013, Intel's Israeli operations racked up exports totaling $3.8 billion.
As the world leader in its field, Intel Israel's development centers focus on Intel Corporation’s global growth areas of processors, platforms, software and services and can boast of many of Intel’s technological breakthroughs. In 2011, Intel witnessed the unprecedented success of the Sandy Bridge processor. Developed in Haifa and Yakum, it quickly became the fastest selling product in Intel’s history. At the same time, Intel developed the Ivy Bridge processor, the world’s first processor with 22nm technology. Intel also led the development of Cloverview, Intel’s upcoming processor for tablets and smartphones. Moreover, Intel reached mass production of the Cedarview processors for the next generation of netbooks.
Intel invest great amounts of resources in keeping our manufacturing facilities at the forefront of technology and in remaining a preferred manufacturing site for Intel Corporation. In 2011, Fab28 completed its upgrade and reached full production capacity, making microprocessors in 22nm technology to support the Ivy Bridge processor.
As leaders in high-tech innovation, Intel believes that technological and scientific education is essential to keeping Israel economically sound. As a result, Intel directs its involvement and contributions accordingly. In 2011, Intel announced the founding of the Computational Intelligence Institute in Israel to research the future interaction betIntelen humans and technology. The institute will focus on machine learning, brain-inspired computation and advanced computer architecture, in the hope these breakthrough technologies will enable engaging future applications. At the beginning of 2012, Intel signed a memorandum with the Ministry of Education in which the company agreed to help with the Ministry’s flagship strategic programs to advance science and technology education.
In 2011, Intel received “The Environmental Protection Minister’s Award for Environmental Excellence”. Presented at an event attended by the President of Israel, the award recognized the tremendous efforts Intel has made in environmental projects. Examples include a system for processing silicon particles that Intel developed for our Jerusalem Die Prep facility and that has become standard throughout Intel Corporation; a photovoltaic solar system, which generates renewable energy, that Intel implemented in Jerusalem; and a wastewater treatment facility in Kiryat Gat that is comprised of 19 distinct systems and allows us to recover 40% of waste water.
Intel Israel today has a number of locations. This dispersion has been as a result of Intel wishing to be at the power centers of Israel’s “silicon wadi” for development purposes and to be in the regional areas that have been dedicated as “National Priority Zones” by the Israeli government, for production. This has had a great socio-economic impact in these outlying areas. The locations are as follows: Haifa (multi-disciplinary development center for software and hardware), Kiryat Gat (manufacturing plant), Petach Tikva (development), Yakum (development) and Jerusalem (manufacturing plant).
In January 2005, Intel Israel unveiled an upgraded version of the Centrino chipset that was conceived at the Haifa development center and features new graphics and audio capabilities, faster processing and greater security features.