Intel Plans $700M Data Center Sustainability Mega Lab
May 23, 2022
New $700 million mega lab and the industry’s first open intellectual
property immersion liquid cooling solution to focus on innovative
detailed two new investments in its continuing efforts to create more
sustainable data center technology solutions. First, Intel unveiled plans to
invest more than $700 million for a 200,000-square-foot, state-of-the art
research and development mega lab focused on innovative data center technologies
and addressing areas such as heating, cooling and water usage. Additionally,
Intel introduced the technology industry’s first open intellectual property
(open IP) immersion liquid cooling solution and reference design. With the
initial design proof of concept initiated in Taiwan, Intel aims to simplify and
accelerate the implementation of immersion liquid cooling solutions throughout
the ecosystem globally.
Sandra L. Rivera, Intel executive vice president and general manager
of the Datacenter and AI Group said, “Intel’s dedication to its global
partnerships is evident with these announcements today. The future of the data
center and data center design is based on innovative and sustainable
technologies and practices, and I’m proud of the work we’re doing every day to
help make a sustainable future a reality.”
These two investments represent Intel’s continued efforts to bring
together the technology ecosystem to address critical global environmental
The new mega lab will be focused on areas such as immersion cooling, water usage
effectiveness and heat recapture and reuse. Construction on the lab will begin
this year at the Jones Farm campus in Hillsboro, Oregon, with opening expected
in late 2023. Additionally, the lab will qualify, test and enable Intel’s
portfolio of data center products including Intel® Xeon®, Intel® Optane™,
network interfaces and switch gear, Intel® Agilex™ FPGAs, Xe architecture,
Habana accelerators and future products under development. The lab will also
host an advanced technology showcase for customers and partners to observe and
test Intel products in a variety of data center environments in the lab, in an
effort to accelerate adoption of these new technologies throughout the
industry’s first open IP data center immersion liquid cooling solution and
reference design is an open, easy-to-deploy and easily scalable total cooling
solution. It will allow partners to accelerate the introduction of Intel
solutions in response to the trend of increasing data center power density to
enhance operational efficiency. The initial solution and design proof of concept
will be completed in partnership with Intel Taiwan and across the Taiwanese
ecosystem in a phased approach, with plans to scale out globally. Intel will
continue to work with partners to develop and validate related solutions.
Why It Matters: Data centers represent approximately 1% of the global
electricity demand and account for about 0.3% of global carbon emissions1.
Investing in standardizing cooling technologies and R&D for future innovations
strengthens 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 usage2.
These efforts build on Intel’s previously announced commitment to working with
customers and industry partners to create more sustainable technology solutions.
The research and development for these emerging technologies have the power to
fundamentally change the way data centers are built and operated.