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Bell Labs extends Green Touch with Irish expansion

Cliff Saran

Bell Labs, the research arm of Alcatel-Lucent, has expanded its Irish facility, creating 70 new jobs over the next five years.

Bell Labs in Ireland has worked with academic and business communities through an Open Innovation programme in strategic areas such as telecommunications, supply chain and the environment.

Bell Labs said the extension of this relationship and the increase in the number of technology experts would enable the Irish facility to support Bell Labs' contribution to the recently announced Green Touch Initiative - an open consortium of academic and commercial research institutions worldwide who are creating the technologies needed to reinvent communications networks and make them 1,000 times more energy efficient than at present.

Innovations at Bell Labs Ireland

  • Bell Labs Ireland has developed a 3D heat sink design, which it claims reduces the energy required to cool communications systems by more than 25%.
  • Sam Samuel, executive director of Bell Labs Ireland was one of the pioneers of the femtocell.
  • Bell Labs Ireland helped define the new IEEE 1687 (IJTAG) standard which simplifies the automatic on-site testing of telecoms equipment and improves the reliability of systems

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