MICRO! - Microelectronics / ICT

Some of the most modern semiconductor fabs worldwide are operated in Saxony. GLOBALFOUNDRIES, Infineon Technologies and the Siltronic AG expanded and continue to expand their fabs in saxony into the world’s most modern semiconductor production sites.


“Silicon Saxony” is Europe’s largest microelectronics / ICT cluster and plays a leading role in shaping the IT future. The researchers in the globally unique “Center for Advancing Electronics Dresden (cfAED),” who interdisciplinary pursue several tactical approaches in developing materials, systems, and components for innovative IT “beyond CMOS,” see themselves literally as “pathfinders.”


Map "Microelectronics / ICT in Saxony" - Company Logos of Selected Firms

Source: Saxony Economic Development Corporation (WFS), Silicon Saxony e. V.

At a Glance - Microelectronics / ICT in Saxony

In Saxony, about 2,400 companies with a total of 64,000 employees are active along all steps of the ICT value creation chain: They develop, manufacture, and promote integrated circuits, or serve as materials and equipment suppliers to the chip industry, produce and distribute electronic products and systems based on integrated circuits, or develop and promote software. 

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A unique concentration of companies and research institutions providing extensive knowledge and expertise in the sectors microelectronics and nanoelectronics, nanotechnology, organic & flexible electronics, energy- efficient systems, next generation communication, and smart systems is found in the region between Dresden, Freiberg and Chemnitz. 

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Companies looking for young, practically trained and educated specialists have come to the right place here in Saxony. Every year, about 6,800 students are educated in computer science programs at 5 universities, 8 universities of applied sciences, and 4 universities of cooperative education in Saxony. 

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Saxony’s particular strong point is its very unique and compact research infrastructure. In the region, 4 Universities, 5 Universities of Applied Sciences, 9 Fraunhofer-, 3 Leibniz-, 1 Hemholtz- and 2 Max-Planck-Facilities are active in microelectronics / ICT research.

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With Silicon Saxony e. V., one of the world’s largest microelectronics / ICT clusters is active in Saxony. Other networks in Saxony cooperate in specific technological sectors.

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Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. h.c. Gerhard Fettweis

Chairholder, Vodafone Chair Mobile Communications Systems at Dresden University of Technology & Coordinator of the »cfaed« cluster of excellence as well as of »5G Lab Germany«

"Dresden is one of the leading locations for the research on mobile communications technology in the world. This is where future technologies for the new 5G standard have been and continue to be developed, thus laying the foundations for the Tactile Internet. It is precisely this innovative spirit that distinguishes Dresden and makes it so attractive for me and my colleagues working in cutting-edge research."

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