Greater Phoenix: Home to growing markets for new technological trends
Greater Phoenix has been a leader regarding top cities for semiconductor companies since 1949 when Motorola first opened a facility in the region. Today, many industry leaders call Greater Phoenix home with operations from Intel Corporation, ON Semiconductor, NXP Semiconductors, Microchip Technology, and others. These established manufacturers have created a legacy of innovation in Greater Phoenix, fostering the region’s skilled engineering workforce and developing the semiconductor industry’s cutting-edge technologies.
To learn more, read our report on the microelectronics cluster in Greater Phoenix
Grow With Us
The population of Greater Phoenix is 4.74 million and is expected to grow to 6.6 million in the next 20 years.
A relatively young region, Greater Phoenix has a median age of 36, compared the national median age of 37.7.
Spinoffs of the Established
New, leading semiconductor companies have spun out from established companies. Everspin Technologies, a leader in MRAM technology, spun out of Freescale before it became NXP Semiconductors.
Greater Phoenix is home to 16,480 semiconductor and related device manufacturing jobs
U.S. companies account for about half of the semiconductor manufacturing market in 2015
Greater Phoenix is the eighth largest metro area for electronics employment
Compare employment and labor costs in Greater Phoenix to other metropolitan cities.
A Diverse, Strong Supply Chain
The microelectronics cluster in Greater Phoenix is characterized by a diverse and strong, supportive supply chain. Companies throughout the vertical cluster indicate a strong preference for purchasing from other local companies. Overall, 70% of companies interviewed for our Microelectronics Cluster in Greater Phoenix Report bought mostly from other companies in the United States, and 63% of those companies mostly purchased products from other Arizona companies. (To learn more, read our report on The Microelectronics Cluster in Greater Phoenix)
State Support of Engineering Leads to Qualified Graduates
Greater Phoenix’s semiconductor companies not only helped to shape the region’s economy but had a key role in advocating for improvement to Arizona’s educational system. They championed advancements to the state’s only engineering program at the time at the University of Arizona in Tucson, and supported, both publicly and financially, the creation of Arizona State University (from Arizona State College in Tempe) and its professional engineering school.
This support of engineering throughout Greater Phoenix has led to qualified engineering and manufacturing graduates. During the 2016-2017 academic year, Greater Phoenix had 3,094 engineering and manufacturing graduates with degrees ranging from Bachelor’s to Doctorate.
Companies in Greater Phoenix
- Amkor Technology
- Cirrus Logic
- Everspin Technologies
- FlipChip International
- Integrated Device Technology
- Intel Corporation
- Marvell Technologies
- Microchip Technology
- NXP Semiconductors
- ON Semiconductor
- Retronix Semiconductor
- Sumitomo Chemical
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