Advanced Tech & Manufacturing

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  • Texas Makes Great Products

    Where it all began: The late Dr. Jack Kilby invented the integrated circuit (IC) for Texas Instruments in 1958. Dr. Kilby went on to hold more than 60 patents and develop popular products like the pocket calculator. Dr. Kilby was awarded the 2000 Nobel Prize in Physics for his role in the IC invention. 

    $71,500: Texas manufacturing employs nearly 874,450 people at an average annual salary of $71,500. GM and Toyota are the largest automotive manufacturing employers in Texas.

    #1 exporter: Texas is the top U.S. state for manufacturing exports and shipment value. In just one category – transportation equipment – Texas exported more than $23.2 billion in 2014.

    Fullerenes: In 1985, five Rice University professors discovered and prepared the carbon molecules – so called “buckyballs” and “buckytubes” that have significantly affected materials science, electronics and nanotechnology. Three of the professors were awarded the 1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the development.

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    Innovation at the Molecular Level

    Texas is a global leader in nanotechnology research and distribution; is nationally ranked for nanotech-related activities including research, venture capital, and commercialization; and has laid claim as the origin of nanotechnology based on the ground-breaking work conducted by Houston-based Rice University and by the late Nobel Laureate Rice Professor Richard E. Smalley.

    Fully Invested in Semiconductor Development

    The birthplace of the integrated chip, Texas has never stopped researching and forging new applications for this essential technology. Texas continues to attract advanced technology companies to the state through the Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF).

    Funding from a $10.8 million TEF grant helped fund the expansion of Samsung Semiconductor's manufacturing plant in 2007 to produce its state-of-the-art 300mm NAND flash memory wafer. In August 2012, parent company Samsung Electronics committed a $4 billion investment to upgrade its Austin chip manufacturing plant, bringing Samsung's total investment in the Lone Star State to more than $13 billion. The company’s Austin projects represent one of the largest foreign investments in the United States. For more information, read the Texas Electronics Industry Report.

    Advanced Automotives in "Truck Country"

    Texas accounts for 16 percent of full-size pickup truck retail sales, and the state is a leading manufacturing site for pickup trucks and SUVs. Texas has automotive manufacturers in Arlington (GM has made vehicles here since 1954), San Antonio (Toyota's Tundra and Tacoma pickups), Denton (Peterbilt Class 6-9 trucks, including new hybrid electric models) and Caterpillar plants located throughout the state making construction and mining equipment and industrial gas turbines. Several of Caterpillar's plants and expansions were funded with TEF assistance. For more information, read the Texas Automotive Manufacturing Industry Report.


  • Forging New Directions through Education, Research & Development

    3 Research Universities

    Texas has three Carnegie Foundation Tier 1 research universities: the University of Texas, Texas A&M and the University of Houston.

    Microelectronics in Burnt Orange

    The Microelectronics Research Center (MRC) at UT-Austin performs R&D in optoelectronics and nanophotonics, novel electronic devices and nanostructures, and interconnects and packaging for academic as well as industrial users. Efforts at MRC have led to the development of new approaches to scaling classical transistors to deep submicron geometries, resulting in high levels of integration, reliability and performance in integrated circuits, as well as novel vertical-cavity, surface-emitting lasers and radically new photodetectors.

    Applying Nanoelectronics to Solve Global Problems at Rice

    Rice University in Houston is a center for nanotechnology research. The Richard E. Smalley Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology utilizes the application of nanotechnology to combat common world problems by focusing on 5 Grand Challenges: energy, water, environment, disease and education. Rice is also home to the Center for Biological and Environmental Nanotechnology and the International Council on Nanotechnology.

    200 Scholars Forge New Directions in Superconductivity

    The Texas Center for Superconductivity at the University of Houston (TcSUH) is a multidisciplinary university-based superconductivity and advanced materials research center. More than 200 faculty, postdoctoral fellows, graduate and undergraduate students work to create and develop high temperature superconducting and advanced materials. Research is focused in three areas: superconductivity and related materials, energy materials and applications and nanoscale materials and applications. A 2010 Texas Emerging Technology Fund award led to the establishment of the Applied Research Hub which allows TcSUH to use its research and technology for commercial applications through research collaborations and licensing agreements with industry partners.

    Embedded Processors Advance Hybrid Automotives

    Austin-based Freescale Semiconductor is a worldwide leader in embedded processing solutions. With the goal of innovative, safe, green and healthy technologies, Freescale's R&D activities have developed significant contributions in microprocessors, microcontrollers, sensors, analog ICs and connectivity. Freescale has designed and manufactured automotive semiconductors since the 1950s, growing into one of the world's leading suppliers of automotive industry semiconductors and automotive 32-bit powertrain microcontrollers (MCUs). A GM supplier for nearly 30 years, Freescale technology is utilized in the drivetrain used in GM's hybrid SUVs manufactured in Texas. Freescale is currently working with GM on the plug-in hybrid Chevy Volt.

    Automotive science in San Antonio: Southwest Research Institute's world-class Office of Automotive Engineering coordinates a diversity of operations with automotive clients. The Fuels and Lubricants Research Division has earned an international reputation during more than 60 years of operation. SwRI's Automotive Fleet Testing program tests many different makes and models of foreign and domestic cars. The Engine, Emissions and Vehicle Research Division conducts design, development and test programs on a wide range of components.


    Sample of Advanced Tech & Manufacturing Private Workforce in Texas

    Industry Industry Code Firms Employment Average Annual Wage ($)
    Communications Equipment
    3342 183 13,021 114,982
    Semiconductor and 
    Electronic Components
    3344 431 43,425 106,869
    Electronic Instrument 
    3345 534 23,504 85,072
    Motor Vehicle Manufacturing 3361 30 8,800 79,101
    Motor Vehicle Body 
    and Trailer Manufacturing
    3362 179 7,792 41,755
    Motor Vehicle
    Parts Manufacturing
    3363 300 17,184 48,190

    Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2012)

    Workforce Concentration

    A workforce of trained, experienced technicians: More than 113,000 people work in advanced technology development and manufacturing in Texas. They are concentrated in specific areas of the state, attracting new business relocations and expansions where pools of trained, experienced labor have been developed by existing operations in compatible industries. Workforce cluster maps compare the portion of a Texas region's workforce employed in a certain sector to the portion of the entire U.S. workforce employed in that sector.

  • Advanced Tech Companies Thriving in Texas


    Texas Instruments Logo
    Dallas (HQ) & Sherman
    Freescale Semiconductor Logo
    Austin (HQ)

    Applied Materials Logo
    Dallas, Austin, & San Antonio
    S T Micro Electronics Logo
    Coppell (Americas HQ)
    Samsung Logo
    Novati Logo


    Raytheon Logo
    Garland (HQ)
    Samsung Logo
    Richardson (HQ)
    Ericsson Logo
    Plano (N. American HQ)
    Alcatel Lucent Logo
    Plano (HQ)
    Nokia Siemens Networks Logo
    Irving (N. American HQ)
    Fujitsu Logo
    Richardson (HQ)
    Huawei Logo
    Plano (N. American HQ)


    Texas Instruments Logo
    Dallas (HQ)
    Emerson Logo
    Round Rock
    Elbit Systems of America Logo
    Fort Worth (HQ)
    E X F O Logo
    Richardson (HQ)
    National Instruments Logo
    Bae Systems Logo
    Fort Worth & Austin
    Ultra Electronics Logo
    Austin (HQ) & Round Rock
    A B B Logo
    Houston, Irving, & Sugar Land



    Toyota Logo
    San Antonio
    G M Logo
    Peterbilt Logo
    Denton (HQ)


    Lear Corporation Logo
    Arlington & El Paso
    Victory Climate Systems Logo
    Fort Worth
    Stoneridge Logo
    El Paso
    Standard Motor Products Logo
    Lewisville, Grapevine, & Irving
    A E R Logo