Intel has publicly announced its program for the near future. It will be a $700 million investment in a new R&D lab where the chip giants will focus on the development of different sustainable technologies for data centres. These technologies will concentrate on areas like water usage efficiency, immersion cooling, as well as heat reuse and recapture.
The lab will occupy an area of 200,000 square feet and shall be located in Hillsboro, Oregon. Intel plans to begin the construction this very year, with a completion date estimated by 2023.
Intel released a blog on these developments where it said that this facility would be qualifying, testing and enabling its ever-extending portfolio of different data centre products. These include memory chip technologies, processors, Xe architecture, FGPA chips, Habana accelerators as well as other future products.
In due course of time, partners of Intel as well as its customers will be authorised to visit this lab in order to view and test the newly developed technologies and products. Intel believes that this will enable the products to go through acceleration in development with the help of real-time feedback.
At the beginning of this year, Intel entered into a partnership with Green Revolution Cooling, which is a Texas-based entrepreneurial startup. This has connections with working in tandem with data centre customers to build and implement different progressive cooling techniques involving immersion for data centres in the future.