IRELAND, March 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Lucent
Technologies' (NYSE:LU) Bell Labs today officially
opened its new research centre, located in Lucent's
Blanchardstown, Dublin, facility. The new centre leverages
Bell Labs' extensive global collaborative efforts
with local universities and research institutions,
and also illustrates Lucent's commitment to Ireland
as a central component of our European operations.
The Centre's opening was celebrated with an event
hosted by Ireland's Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern, T.D.,
and Bill O'Shea, president Bell Labs, and executive
vice president Corporate Strategy and Business Development.
Led by Lou Manzione, the Centre's Executive Director,
researchers at the facility will focus on advancements
in product realization, engineering, manufacturing
and value and supply chain techniques, tools and technologies.
Bell Labs' researchers will work in collaboration
with nine leading Irish universities, technical institutes
and the Irish government to advance the fields of
product realization and supply chain technologies.
One example of such work is today's announcement that
the Centre will head a new research project that aims
to use nano-textured surfaces to solve the extreme
thermal management challenges of advanced electronic
and photonic systems.
Already, the Centre has produced results, including:
four patent applications underway with Irish universities;
collaborations with corporate research organizations
on projects in areas such as nanotechnology, electronic
devices and mathematics research; more than a dozen
visits from Irish faculty members to Bell Labs locations
in the United States; and technical exchange visits
here in Ireland with more than 40 Bell Labs scientists
and engineers from locations around the world.
"At the very heart of Bell Labs is our mission
for creating knowledge," said O'Shea. "This
endeavor in Ireland will not only build another chapter
in Bell Labs' rich tradition of knowledge and innovation
creation, but, more importantly, will greatly benefit
Irish industry, academia and its people, by establishing
new research programs that will directly address the
core foundations for modern global competitiveness."
The Centre also unveiled a new museum that commemorates
Bell Labs' contributions to telecommunications technology,
highlighting specific innovations in wired, wireless
and optical communications. Exhibits include replicas
of the first transistor and the Telstar communications
satellite, the earliest FAX machine and the first
The Centre supports Lucent's global efforts to position
research and development efforts close to our customers
and leverage employee talent in local markets around
the world. Bell Labs anticipates that the centre will
employ approximately 40 researchers when it is fully
staffed, adding to Lucent's current total of 575 employees
in Ireland. At the same time, it will complement existing
Bell Labs development efforts in Nuremberg, Germany;
Madrid, Spain; Bydgoszcz, Poland; Swindon, England;
and Hilversum, the Netherlands. Lucent has in total
about 5,000 employees across Europe; and is represented
in all of the major European countries.
"Bell Labs is admired throughout the world for
its groundbreaking achievements in science and research
that have truly shaped the way we live," said
Mike Devane, managing director for Lucent in Ireland.
"Locating a Bell Labs Research Centre in Ireland
reflects the confidence we have in this country and
further underpins Lucent's investment in Ireland."
About the Bell Labs centre in Ireland
The Bell Labs centre in Dublin will account for more
than euro 43 million of the investments being made
jointly by Bell Labs and IDA Ireland. It acts as a
corporate research headquarters that carries out its
own programme of R&D and has a corporate mandate
as a centre-of-excellence for value-chain-driven research.
It researches and delivers in-depth knowledge and
advanced technologies for the development of new product
designs and manufacturing strategies for Lucent Technologies,
a global leader in communications systems, services
and software. The centre concentrates on several strategic
areas -- the creation of highly configurable hardware
and software platforms for quicker time-to-market,
supply chain flexibility and lowered development costs;
manufacturing and engineering research in photonics,
electronics and wireless technologies and systems;
and research on advanced value-chain modelling and
optimisation for next generation manufacturing operations.
About Bell Labs and Lucent Technologies
Bell Labs is the leading source of new communications
technologies. It has generated more than 30,000 patents
since 1925 and has played a pivotal role in inventing
or perfecting key communications technologies, including
transistors, digital networking and signal processing,
lasers and fiber-optic communications systems, communications
satellites, cellular telephony, electronic switching
of calls, touch-tone dialing, and modems. Bell Labs
scientists have received six Nobel Prizes in Physics,
nine U.S. National Medals of Science and eight U.S.
National Medals of Technology(R). For more information
about Bell Labs, visit its Web site at http://www.bell-labs.com/.
Lucent Technologies designs and delivers the systems,
services and software that drive next-generation communications
networks. Backed by Bell Labs research and development,
Lucent uses its strengths in mobility, optical, software,
data and voice networking technologies, as well as
services, to create new revenue-generating opportunities
for its customers, while enabling them to quickly
deploy and better manage their networks. Lucent's
customer base includes communications service providers,
governments and enterprises worldwide. For more information
on Lucent Technologies, which has headquarters in
Murray Hill, N.J., USA, visit http://www.lucent.com/.
Source: Lucent Technologies
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