Silicon Saxony

Silicon Saxony ( German as: " Silicon Saxony " ) is a registered charity based in Dresden. He is a network or trade association of Saxon microelectronics, semiconductor and photovoltaic industry, which is located in particular in the Dresden / Freiberg. With 300 member companies, in which about 40,000 people are employed, the association referred to as the largest and most successful industry association for the semiconductor, electronics and microelectronics in Europe. Members of the association are not only companies but also research institutes, universities and colleges.


With the aim to strengthen the economic region of Saxony national and international sustainable as a location for microelectronics, the association sees as a communication and cooperation platform for its members. To the outside of the club contributes significantly to an active site marketing, networking, the European microelectronics locations.

The foundation stone for today's Silicon Saxony goes back to the development of computer technology in GDR times in Saxony. Here in the former Karl -Marx-Stadt (now Chemnitz ), the first mainframe Robotron 300 designed and built, which thus in the GDR heralding the introduction of PC technology.

The term Silicon Saxony had, well established in reference to the Silicon Valley in California, the best-known semiconductor and computer center in the world in the popular press and in the vernacular before the club was founded in 2000. The term can mean both the industry association as well as the region in Saxony itself.

In 2008, the project was Cool Silicon - Energy Efficiency Innovations from Silicon Saxony by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF ) is selected as one of five top German clusters. The financial volume of the Cool Silicon Cluster comprises approximately 140 million Euro for the period from 2009 to 2013. Coordinator of the project is Thomas Mikolajick.

Important members

  • Companies (selection) Advanced Mask Technology Center ( AMTC )
  • Applied Materials - Dresden
  • Atmel - Dresden
  • GlobalFoundries - Dresden ( formerly: AMD Saxony LLC & Co. KG. )
  • Infineon - Dresden
  • Intel Mobile Communications - Dresden
  • NXP Semiconductors Germany (formerly Philips Semiconductors Dresden AG)
  • Plastic Logic - Dresden
  • Roth & Rau
  • Siltronic - Freiberg
  • Solar Watt
  • X -FAB - Dresden
  • Center for Microelectronics Dresden ( ZMD)
  • City of Dresden
  • Technical University of Dresden, or individual affiliated institutes
  • Technical University of Freiberg, and individual institutions
  • University of Applied Sciences Dresden
  • Fraunhofer Institute for Electron Beam and Plasma Technology ( FEP), Dresden
  • Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Applied Materials Research ( IFAM), Bremen - Dresden branch
  • Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits (IIS ), Erlangen - Dresden branch
  • Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems ( IKTS ), Dresden
  • Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems ( IPMS), Dresden
  • Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology ( IWS), Dresden
  • Fraunhofer Institute for Nondestructive Testing ( IZFP ), Saarbrücken - Dresden branch
  • Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Micro Integration ( IZM), Berlin - Outdoor Chemnitz
  • Max Planck Institute of Microstructure Physics, Halle ( Saale)
  • Helmholtz -Zentrum Dresden -Rossendorf ( Member of the Helmholtz Association )