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First Irish Designed and Developed Microchip to be Honored at ITLG Awards

The Galileo Board will receive the Design in Ireland Award at the 7th Annual Silicon Valley Global Awards at Stanford University.

PALO ALTO, CA –  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 honors Irish and Irish American innovators and draws some of the biggest names in tech. This year’s event will take place October 8th 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.”

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Intel CEO, Brian Krzanich, announces the Intel® Quark product family aimed at IoT and Wearables

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 Ireland.

“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 have 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.”

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Intel’s VP IoT, Philip Moynagh, with Intel® Galileo, the board proudly declaring “Designed in Ireland.”

“It is often said that success has a thousand parents, and that is certainly true of the double win of Quark and Galileo,” said Philip Moynagh, VP of Intel’s Internet of Things Group, and GM of Quark Solutions Division. “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.”

“And what is particularly satisfying,” added Noel Murphy, Quark Engineering Director, “is that we’re just at the start of this journey. IoT and Wearable technologies will change the world for the better”.

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. Learn more about the entire evening by clicking here.

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About ITLG

Established in October 2007 and headquartered in Silicon Valley, the ITLG is a non-profit organization comprised of high-level global technology leaders who are Irish or Irish-American. The Group includes senior executives from some of the worlds leading corporations, each of whom are committed to promoting the technology connection between Ireland and Silicon Valley, and helping Ireland address the challenges of embracing new technology opportunities. For more information, please visit

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