CA semiconductor jobs
are in Greater Sacramento
memory chip manufacturers
are in the region
Intel, Micron, Bosch and Solidigm
have hubs in the region
Source: GSEC, Semiconductor Industry Association, Sacramento Business Journal, Solidigm
Greater Sacramento’s semiconductor industry is anchored by solid-state memory applications and products R&D. Five of six of the world’s leading memory chip manufacturers have R&D operations here, including Intel, Micron and Solidigm. The region continues to draw interest from other market leaders to access this innovation and the 718,000+ students attending two- and four-year schools within 100 miles of the region.
A global solid-state memory R&D cluster
Global semiconductor leaders are clustering in Greater Sacramento. Intel established its campus there in 1984 where it now employs close to 6,000. Multiple semiconductor companies have spun out of the Intel campus, including Blaize and Solidigm. Solidigm, now a subsidiary of SK hynix, hosts its global HQ and R&D campus within the region. In 2023, Bosch announced a $1.5 billion investment in the region to manufacture chips for electric vehicles.
Companies come to the area for its incentive opportunities and affordable, reliable power – SMUD rates are 31% lower than those California’s investor-owned utilities.
Semiconductor success stories
Bosch plans to acquire assets of Greater Sacramento-based chipmaker TSI Semiconductors. It will invest $1.5B in the facility, creating its first chip manufacturing facility in the United States and its third in the world. The first chips will be produced in 2026 and used primarily in global electric vehicle production.
Intel established its Folsom campus in 1984 where it now employs close to 5,000. The campus is a center of excellence for graphics, chipsets and solid-state drivers.
Micron employs 250 at its Embedded Business Unit in Greater Sacramento, which is essentially headquartered here. The unit delivers innovative memory and storage semiconductor solutions in automotive, industrial and certain consumer applications.
Solidigm, an Intel spinout and subsidiary of SK hynix, Inc., is a leading global provider of NAND flash memory solutions. When it opens in 2023, its 230K-sq-ft global HQ and R&D campus in Rancho Cordova will employ 1,900 and create up to $1.2 billion in annual economic impact.