It was that ?Tech sector sort of emerging here? comment that triggered my double-take.
I know most AustinStartup.com readers are pretty informed tech followers, so this may not be news to many of you, but I think it would fair to say that the tech sector in Austin is beyond the ?emerging? stage.
In fact, semiconductor companies like Altera, far from being latecomers to our scene, were actually among some of the first big employers to plant their flags in central Texas. We didn?t get one of our many nicknames ? Silicon Hills ? by accident.
Back in the 1980s, Austin won a couple of national bake-offs to bring the Microelectronics and Computer Technology Corporation (aka, MCC) and Sematech to anchor the region?s federal and industry R&D funding in semiconductors.
Through the years, we?ve accumulated a number of big names: Motorola, IBM, AMD, Freescale, Spansion, and Samsung. Not surprisingly, we?ve also attracted major presences from the world?s largest suppliers of semiconductor manufacturing equipment, with Applied Materials and Tokyo Electron. This doesn?t count the presence from Intel, ARM, and others, with substantial teams of chip designers in Austin.
I guess we shouldn't be surprised since, from some journalists' point of view, tech sector in Austin equals SXSW-interactive...
June 27, 2011