Semiconductors Companies in Arizona
The state of Arizona has been home to many semiconductor & electronics manufacturing Companies since the 1950's, including the SouthWest's Pioneer Semiconductor Company - Motorola.
Motorola's research and development lab in Phoenix introduced the world's first commercial high-power germanium-based transistor in 1955. The lab would expand over time to become Motorola's semiconductor division and by 1960 they would have three manufacturing sites in the Phoenix area.
Intel corp., Arizona's 11th largest employer, started up their Fab 6 & Assembly Test facility in Chandler back in 1980, and their 720-acre Ocotillo Fab 12 site in 1996. The Ocotillo site is now home to Fab 12, Fab 32 & Fab 42.
Other leading manufactures who would eventually create manufacturing sites in Arizona include Raytheon, Microchip, ON semiconductor, VLSI Technology, Freescale Semiconductor, NXP, STMicroelectronics, Honeywell, Marvel, Amkor, Jabil Circuit, Taiwan Semiconductor, Philips, Western Digital, Medtronic, and others.
Arizona now has major electronic manufacturing plants located in the Phoenix metropolitan areas of Chandler, Mesa, Ocotillo, Tempe, as well as in the Southern section of Arizona in and around Tucson.
The Phoenix Arizona metro area (Cities of Tempe, Mesa & Chandler) has also become a popular testing ground for numerous self-driving autonomous cars starting in 2015, including Uber, MobilEye, Intel, Apple, and google startup Waymo. The Phoenix Arizona area avoids the headaches of increment weather (snow, fog) during testing, and has one of the least restrictive autonomous car regulation laws in the U.S thanks to the Arizona State government passing an Executive order in 2015 that requires the state to "“undertake any necessary steps to support the testing and operation of self-driving cars.”