As one of the youngest and fastest-growing states in the nation, Arizona’s pioneering spirit encourages its reputation as a hub for tech-enabled transformations. The state’s innovation ecosystem creates many opportunities for semiconductor applications. Arizona is home to the world’s leading semiconductor companies. With a specialized, high tech supply chain, semiconductor companies in the state are equipped with innovative ideas from top to bottom.
In collaboration with Maricopa Community College, Governor Hobbs in November 2023 announced a semiconductor-focused Future48 workforce accelerator. Training at the state-of-the-art facility in Maricopa County will take place in close collaboration with semiconductor industry partners, establishing first-of-their-kind training pathways to help more Arizonans enter the microelectronics industry. In June 2023, Governor Hobbs launched the Future48 Workforce Accelerators, innovative collaborations with Arizona’s community colleges to provide customized, industry-led training in Arizona’s fast-growing advanced manufacturing sectors. The semiconductor training facility represents the third of six Future48 Workforce Accelerators in the state.
“NXP has called Arizona home for more than 70 years, and applauds workforce training programs like the Registered Apprenticeship Program, which help foster a new generation of local technical and engineering talent. We are excited to partner with the Hobbs administration, Arizona Commerce Authority and local higher education institutions around workforce training.”
- Jason Conrad, Senior Director of Operations, ECHO Fab at NXP Semiconductors
In November 2023, Governor Hobbs announced the first Registered Apprenticeship Program in Arizona supporting the semiconductor industry. Working closely with the State Apprenticeship Office, NXP will offer apprenticeships for industrial manufacturing technicians while exploring additional occupations in the future. As part of its Registered Apprenticeship Program, NXP will cover apprentice tuition costs.
Amidst heightened global demand and a steadily shrinking share of the world’s most advanced microchip factories, the Arizona Commerce Authority joined semiconductor industry leaders and stakeholders to launch the National Semiconductor Economic Roadmap (NSER). The industry-led effort aims to boost U.S. semiconductor competitiveness through a focus on the workforce, supply chain and infrastructure to support semiconductor research and development, design, manufacturing, and end-applications.
investment in Arizona’s economy since 1996
For over 40 years, Intel has introduced some of the most advanced, cutting-edge technologies in Arizona, well before they are released to the rest of the world. In fact, Arizona is home to Intel’s largest manufacturing site. In March 2021, the company announced it would invest an additional $20 billion into the state with two new semiconductor fabs.
“It’s an incredible opportunity for Arizona; we made the initial announcement in 2020. This has been an incredible team effort with the federal government, state government, City of Phoenix, GPEC, the ACA and so many of our partners working together to ensure that TSMC and the entire semiconductor industry thrives.”
- Sandra Watson, Arizona Commerce Authority President & CEO
In May 2020, the world’s largest chip manufacturer, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation (TSMC), announced its selection of Arizona for a $12 billion advanced manufacturing facility. The site will utilize TSMC’s 5-nanometer technology for semiconductor wafer fabrication and have the capacity to produce 20,000 wafers per month.
Arizona is a thriving state for semiconductors. Global tech giants in the state are advancing high-tech devices, cloud computing and IoT. Joining the Arizona semiconductor ecosystem means fueling the future with innovation and technology.