Silicon Hills is a nickname for the cluster of high-tech companies in Austin metropolitan area in the U.S. state of Texas. The name is analogous to Silicon Valley, but refers to the hilly terrain on the west side of Austin. High tech industries in the area include enterprise software, semiconductors, corporate R&D, biotechnology, gaming, and a variety of startup companies.
Technology companies with offices in the area include Advanced Micro Devices, Apple Inc., ARM Holdings, Cisco, eBay, Facebook, Google, IBM, Indeed, Intel, Silicon Labs, Texas Instruments, Oracle Corporation, VMWare, and many others. Dell's worldwide headquarters are located in Round Rock, a suburb of Austin.
Venture capital and incubators
Austin was one of the top areas for venture capital with investors investing $621 million in 2013 (43% of that went to software and semiconductor firms). Some venture capital investors include Austin Ventures, Central Texas Angels Network, and Tritium Partners. There are at least 15 startup incubators as well including Capital Factory, Austin Technology Incubator and the IC2 Institute (the incubator for the University of Texas at Austin).
List of tech companies in the Austin area
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- Applied Materials
- ARM Holdings
- Blizzard Entertainment
- Buffalo Technology
- Cirrus Logic
- Cisco Systems
- Electronic Arts
- Freescale Semiconductor
- Intel Corporation
- National Instruments
- Qualcomm, Inc.
- Rooster Teeth
- Samsung Group
- Silicon Laboratories
- Troux Technologies
- United Devices
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