Why do semiconductor companies choose Ireland? The Semiconductor industry in Ireland can be traced back to 1976 when Analog Devices opened a Fab in Limerick. With the opening of Intel’s European manufacturing & technology Headquarters in 1989 near Dublin, the industry was really put on the map.
Thirty-nine years from the birth of ‘Silicon Ireland’ there is now a melting pot of innovation and international collaboration among; experienced engineers, skilled graduates, researchers, multinational and Indigenous companies that are involved in all stages of the semiconductor value chain from initial design through to fabrication.
Internationally sought after skills are available from; research, design and manufacturing perspectives in Analogue, Mixed-Signal, RF and DSP. This is accompanied by access to a European labour pool of 200 million people and Ireland’s strengths in STEM subjects to supply skilled graduates.
Ireland has a long established presence in the semiconductor industry with representation across the entire value chain and the proven ability to deliver large scale projects across a range of business activities.
Multinational companies include: Intel, Analog Devices, Maxim Integrated, Xilinx, OnSemiconductor, Microsemi, Synopsys, Texas Instruments, Lam Research, Applied Materials and Cypress Semiconductor
Irish based start-up companies Commergy, Firecomms, GloNav, ChipSensors, Mingoa, Duolog and Redmere have all been acquired in the last six years for over $100M. In the last five years Ikon Semiconductor, Decawave, Powervation and Movidius have raised over €30M.
Science Foundation Ireland and industry funded centres provide dynamic partnership between leading researchers in their respective fields and industry.
CRANN– Adaptive Nanostructure & Nano-devices
AMBER– Advanced Materials and BioEngineering
IPIC– Irish Photonics Integration Centre
CONNECT– The Centre for Future Networks and Communications
TRIL– Technology Research for Independent Living
MCCI– Microelectronics Circuits Centre
CLARITY– Centre for Sensor Web Technologies
Tyndall National Institute– Microelectronics and Nano-electronics, Microsystems , Photonics & Wafer Fabrication.
The Irish tax regime is both open and transparent, offering a competitive 12.5% corporation tax, extensive tax treaty network and a 25% R&D tax credit.
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