Blog Article 09 Apr 2015

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.

Here are 5 reasons why:

1. Highly Specialised Skills & Talent

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.

2. Established Semiconductor Cluster

As mentioned, 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

3. Vibrant Start Up Semiconductor Scene in Ireland

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.

Our sister agency Enterprise Ireland provides support and guidance to companies who wish to start their business in Ireland.  For more information, check out

4. Excellence in Research Centres and Industry Collaboration

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.

5. Business friendly Tax Environment

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. Our rate, regime and reputation are best in class.

These are just a few of the advantages we discuss with companies regularly.

Do you have any others to add?  Let us know in the comments.

Alan McGlinchey, VP, Technology Division

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