TSMC is the latest chapter in Arizona’s ascent to become the place for new semiconductor investments. Across the Valley in Chandler, Intel — whose first Arizona manufacturing facility went online in 1980 — is adding another two fabs to its Ocotillo campus at a cost of $20 billion.
With the development of the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd.’s new facility in north Phoenix, Arizona Technology Council CEO Steve Zylstra joins others throughout Arizona who offer greetings to a significant addition to the state’s growing technology community.
The 2021 Governor’s Celebration of Innovation will honor visionaries, innovators and future leaders making critical contributions to technology, bioscience and education. More than 750 of the state’s business leaders are expected to pay tribute Oct. 13 to Arizona’s technology innovation and leadership. In addition to a theatre-style awards ceremony, the evening will include networking, entertainment, a strolling dinner and a Tech Showcase. We introduce you to the winners and finalists.
Tucson-based company Applied Energetics is continually innovating the research and development of high-performance lasers, high-voltage electronics, state-of-the-art optical systems and integrated directed energy systems through lasting connections with The University of Arizona. Applied Energetics has an ongoing, multi-year partnership with both faculty and staff, ensuring access to premier researchers and resources from the university.
The grant awarded to Northern Arizona University Assistant Professor Mike Gowanlock also will support development of a new undergraduate course that teaches parallel computing, ensuring that graduates of NAU’s computer science undergraduate program have the skills needed to exploit future generation computer systems.
Companies are seeing that if you’re not leveraging multiple sources for your components, it could come back to haunt you. As a distributor, that’s where customers have come to rely on Avnet. Across the industry, companies of all sizes are looking to reengineer their supply chains, taking advantage of insights obtained from data and market intelligence to get greater visibility across the entire product lifecycle.
The semiconductor industry is developing rapidly, and equipping new engineers to succeed in such a dynamic environment is a challenge for any educational institution. Meeting that challenge is the purpose of a new Certificate in Semiconductor Processing program at the Fulton Schools. Launched during the fall 2020 academic term, the 15-credit, graduate-level course framework provides professional training in multiple aspects of chip production.
Arizona’s history with semiconductors goes back to the 1950s when Motorola began developing and testing some of the earliest transistors on the market. Since then, additional industry leaders to establish operations in the state include TSMC, Microchip, onsemi (formerly ON Semiconductor) NXP, Qualcomm, Benchmark Electronics, Texas Instruments and more.