Semiconductors Companies in Arizona
The state of Arizona has been home to many semiconductor & electronics manufacturing Companies since the 1950's, including the South West'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.
In 2021, Forbes Magazine called Arizona the new "U.S. Semiconductor Central", due to the growth of the semiconductor industry there. Both Taiwan Semiconductor and Intel are building new Fabs in central Arizona, and Samsung is considering Arizona as location for a possible new Fab site.
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. In Sept. 2021, Intel broke ground and is now building two new Fabs in Ocotillo, Fab 52 & Fab 62.
Taiwan Semiconductor broke ground on it's new 5nm semiconductor foundry Fab in North Phoenix in June 2021. Wafer production is expected to start by 2024. This Fab will become TSMC's second Fab to be located in the United States. Potential customers of TSMC's 5nm chips manufactured at this site could be Nvidia, Qualcomm, Apple, and others.
Other leading manufactures with manufacturing sites in Arizona include Raytheon, Microchip, ON semiconductor (ONSEMI) , VLSI Technology, Freescale Semiconductor, NXP, STMicroelectronics, Honeywell, Retronix Semiconductor, Maxim Integrated Products, Marvel, Amkor, Advanced Semiconductor, Analog Devices, Jabil Circuit, Infineon Technologies, FlipChip, Philips, Western Digital, Medtronic, Dialog Semiconductor, Lansdale Semiconductor, and others.
The central part of Arizona now has many major electronic and semiconductor manufacturing plants located in the Phoenix metropolitan areas of Chandler / Ocotillo, Mesa, Tempe, North Phoenix. Microchip has some manufacturing facilities in the Southern part of the state in Tucson.
The Phoenix Arizona metro area (Cities of Tempe, Mesa & Chandler) has also become a popular testing and research ground for numerous self-driving autonomous cars starting in 2015, including Uber, MobilEye, Intel, NURO, 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.”