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Intel will establish mega laboratory in Costa Rica for the validation of new products

Intel will establish mega laboratory in Costa Rica for the validation of new products

Intel decided to consolidate its presence in Costa Rica and establish a Mega Laboratory for testing their new products. This is the first time that Intel has decided to consolidate its laboratories in a single location, making this operation the first of its kind.

The announcement highlights the transformation of Intel in Costa Rica and its confidence in the country, through the decision to establish a Mega Lab dedicated to product development.

This new project joins Intel Shared Services Center and the Center for Engineering and Development, employing 1,500 people in the country.

New York, USA, June 10, 2014: The President of Costa Rica, Luis Guillermo Solís; the Minister of Foreign Trade, Alexander Mora; and the President and Director General of the Costa Rican Investment Promotion Agency (CINDE), Jose Rossi and Gabriela Llobet announced today in New York that Intel will open in Costa Rica a one-of-a-kind Mega Lab for the validation and testing of its products in development.

From the Mega Laboratory (Mega Lab), the Costa Rican technicians and engineers will be responsible for authorizing and determining the efficiency and quality of new Intel products prior to their manufacturing and distribution, setting the pace of new technology from Intel.

The operation is part of the manufacturing research and development division of Intel Corporation. The Mega Lab will employ 350 people.

The Mega Lab adds to Intel’s existing operations in Costa Rica, including the Development and Engineering Center which employs 700 Costa Ricans, and the Global Shared Services Center with approximately 800 additional employees.

Total payroll for Intel in Costa Rica will reach more than 1,500 people by the end of 2014 with potential for future growth.

Intel's decision to bring this new operation to Costa Rica was confirmed yesterday, June 9, during a meeting held between President Solis and Intel’s CEO, Brian Krzanich, at the company’s headquarters in Silicon Valley. This meeting was one component of a U.S. investment promotion mission led by President Solis and accompanied by CINDE.

The Government of Costa Rica and Intel also agreed to explore the opportunity to establish a laboratory for high-tech SMEs within Intel’s facilities in order to foster entrepreneurship, connections and knowledge transfer.

The news is the result of conversations held over the past several weeks with Intel, CINDE and the authorities in the Ministry of Foreign Trade-COMEX.

The President noted that this announcement "fills him with optimism and confirms Costa Rica’s global potential as a location for highly innovative operations in the area of