Intel announced that it had made an investment of more than 700 million dollars in a new Research and Design Mega Lab in Oregon, USA. This mega state-of-the-art research and development laboratory, with an area of 186,000 m2will focus on the development of innovative technologies for data centers, addressing areas such as heating, cooling and water use, hopefully it will be at the end of next year at its official opening.
Additionally, the company presented the first immersive liquid cooling solution and reference design Open Intellectual Property (Open IP) technology industry. So, with the initial proof of concept initiated in Taiwan, Intel aims to simplify and accelerate the implementation of liquid immersion cooling solutions across the global ecosystem.
“The dedication that Intel invests in its global partnerships is once again evident with today’s announcements. The future of the data center and its design depends on innovative and sustainable technologies and practices, and I am proud of the work we all do.” to help make a more sustainable future a reality,” said Sandra L. Rivera, executive vice president and general manager, Data Center and Artificial Intelligence Group, Intel.
These two investments represent Intel’s ongoing efforts to bring the technology ecosystem together to address critical global environmental issues.
The new mega lab will focus on areas such as immersion cooling, water use efficiency, and heat recovery and reuse. Construction of the lab will begin this year at the Jones Farm campus in Hillsboro, Oregon, and is expected to open in late 2023. In addition, the lab will qualify, test, and activate Intel’s portfolio of data center products, including Intel Xeon, Intel Octane, Network Interfaces and Switching Devices, Intel Agilex FPGAs, X Architectureand , Havana accelerators and future products under development. The lab will also host an advanced technology showcase so customers and partners can experience and test Intel products in a variety of data center environments with the goal of accelerating the adoption of these new technologies across the ecosystem.
The industry’s first open IP liquid immersion cooling solution and its design represent an easy to deploy and easily scalable option. This new proposition enables enterprise partners to accelerate the introduction of Intel solutions in response to the trend of increasing data center power density to improve operational efficiency. The initial solution and design proof of concept will be done in partnership with Intel Taiwan and across the Taiwanese ecosystem in a phased approach, with plans to scale globally. Intel will continue to work with its partners to develop and validate related solutions.
Because it matters: Data centers account for around 1% of global electricity demand and account for around 0.3% of global carbon emissions. Investing in the standardization of cooling technologies and in R&D for future innovations reinforces Intel’s commitment to more sustainable technology solutions. Research shows that immersion cooling with energy reuse could reduce carbon emissions by 45% compared to traditional data center use.
These efforts build on Intel’s previously announced commitment to work with customers and industry partners to create more sustainable technology solutions. The research and development of these emerging technologies have the power to fundamentally change the way data centers are built and operated.