Technology giant Intel has announced the first ever Intel Fellow who is based in Ireland.

The Co Kildare-based company said it was promoting Eddie Lawler to Intel Fellow.

Mr Lawler will become a Fellow in the Manufacturing, Supply Chain & Operations organisation while he will also hold the role of Chief Technologist in Foundry Product Integration Engineering.

Intel said its Fellows represent the highest levels of technical achievement within the company and they are selected for their technical leadership and outstanding contributions to the company and the industry.

The company said the appoitment of Ireland's first ever Intel Fellow reflects Mr Lawler's vast technical achievements over several years and his significant contribution to driving business results and evolving the company's culture.

In his new role, Eddie will be responsible for sharing this technical expertise to help grow the knowledge of others and to increase the experience level across his organisation and indeed the company.

As Intel Fellow and Chief Technologist in Foundry Product Integration Engineering, he will support Intel's foundry services business, helping to realise opportunities in this space for years to come.

Eddie, who originally hails from Ballyhale in Co Kilkenny, joined Intel in 1996 as a recent college graduate having completed his studies at the University of Limerick.

Eddie first joined the Wet Etch area as part of the Fab 14 process start-up team.

In 2000 he joined Product Engineering and over the last two decades he has been a leader in the efforts to maximise production output while maintaining market leadership.

During his time at Intel, Eddie has spent a number of years on assignment in the US with engineering roles in Oregon, California and New Mexico.