Silicon Saxony is a registered industry association of nearly 300 companies in the microelectronics and related sectors in Saxony, Germany, with around 40,000 employees. Many, but not all, of those firms are situated in the north of Dresden.
With a name chosen referring to Silicon Valley, the area and the union — in many aspects — represent the last meaningful European center of microelectronics. Many of those firms have very research and capital intensive business models competing with subsidized global players, mainly from Asia.
Industrial fields 
The companies develop and produce computer calculation and memory chips or new materials and electronics for solar companies. The developed and produced small semiconductors chips are used in all kinds of cars, mobile phones, TV sets and so on.
Even before Germany's reunification, Dresden was a major center of microelectronics in the Eastern bloc with 3,500 employees. While mechanical engineering, which has a long history in the south of eastern Germany, suffered after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the microelectronics industry was, with public help from the state, of the first industrial sectors in Saxony to recover. Although having many more employees today than before 1990, the sector is constantly under pressure because South Korea in particular is very keen to attract the industry. Saxony and Germany are however bound to the competition laws of the European Union, but could manage to keep and expand most of all the research parts of the industry. These are seen as successful, but also as very risky whenever a bigger company has serious problems, because the sector demands high concentration of resources.
Scientific environment 
Dresden, as core-region of Silicon Saxony and yet without the headquarters of many of today's big companies, is nevertheless a very remarkable technology center with one large Technical University (German TU), ten other universities and most of all an unparalleled density of semi-public institutes of applied high-technologies in many fields (for example the Max Planck Society, Fraunhofer Society, Leibniz institutes, Helmholtz Association and other German academic elite institutions).
Members list 
- 3D-Micromac AG
- Advanced Mask Technology Center GmbH & Co.KG
- Air Liquide Electronics
- AMD Saxony
- Applied Materials Dresden
- Atmel — Dresden
- BASF Electronic Materials
- Busch Semiconductor Vacuum Group B.V.
- Carl Zeiss Innovationszentrum für Messtechnik
- Freiberger Inc. freiberger.com/
- GlobalFoundries Inc.
- Infineon Dresden
- MicroMaterials Center Berlin
- me2c — [micro] electronic cluster
- Nikon Precision Europe
- NXP Semiconductors
- Plastic Logic — Dresden
- Siemens AG Dresden
- Solarwatt AG
- Solarworld Deutsche Solar AG
- Tokyo Electron Europe
- von Ardenne Anlagentechnik