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Semiconductors and Circuits


Look inside automobiles, eReaders, tablets, network systems, airplanes, home energy gateways, portable electrocardiograms, lighting systems, modern security appliances and smartphones…what do they all have in common? Nanotechnology. Ranked 7th in the nation for high-tech manufacturing jobs, Arizona rides the crest of this wave. The state estimates 44,003 workers in the fields of optics, nanotechnology, and semiconductor development. 58 of every 1,000 private sector workers in Arizona are employed by high tech firms with the sectors of semiconductor manufacturing, telecommunications services and engineering services.

Semiconductor manufacturing and distribution is one of Arizona’s largest industries. This product, a component of the world’s most exciting technologies, comprises 40% of the state’s exports!

Semiconductors are the foundation of modern electronics, including:

  • Solar cells
  • Radios
  • Computers
  • Cell Phones
  • Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs)

Firms in Arizona are not only developing this technology, but are actually fabricating products. In fact, Arizona ranked 3rd in semiconductor exports at $4.1 billion in 2007 and 4th in semiconductor manufacturing. These fields are a vital arm of the state’s technology consortium, often crossing over with aerospace and defense technologies. 

Since its formation in 2003, the Arizona Nanotechnology Cluster, a nonprofit organization, has worked to promote development of the nanotechnology industry by providing lecturers and supporting outreach programs to schools and colleges, including Future Cities of America and SEMI's High Tech U program.

Meet some employers in this broad realm.

Information from Arizona Commerce Authority.

Intel (Semiconductor manufacturing)