The microelectronics industry in Switzerland

Companies that develop and manufacture semiconductors in Switzerland

ABB Semiconductors, Lenzburg
EM Microelectronic-Marin, Marin
Oclaro (formerly Bookham Technology; has acquired Avalon Photonics), Zürich

Silicon vendors that operate VLSI design facilities in Switzerland

austriamicrosystems Schweiz, Rapperswil
ST Microelectronics, Genève

Fabless vendors of proprietary ICs

Abilis Systems, Plan-Les-Ouates
Advanced Silicon, Lausanne
Axsem (formerly e-vision), Dübendorf
Power Integrations Switzerland (formerly CT-Concept Technologie), Biel/Bienne
Microdul, Zürich
Semtech (formerly Xemics), Neuchâtel

Vendors of proprietary integrated sensors, actuators, or microsystems

Axetris (part of the Leister group), Kägiswil
Colibrys, Neuchâtel
e2v Microsensors (formerly MicroChemical Systems), Corcelles
Intersema, Bevaix
Melexis, Bevaix and Zug 
Monolithic Power Systems (formerly Sensima Technology), Gland
Sensirion, Stäfa
Sercalo Microtechnology, Schaan FL and Neuchâtel

Companies that specialize in optoelectronics

Albis Optoelectronics (formerly Enablence), Rüschlikon
Espros Photonics, Sargans
Exalos, Schlieren
Helix (now part of Gigoptix), Zürich
Photonfocus, Lachen
RP Photonics Consulting, Zürich
Time-Bandwidth Products (formerly GigaTera), Zürich

Companies that specialize in photovoltaics

Tokyo Electron Solar (formerly Oerlikon Solar), Trübbach

Companies that specialize in organic electronics

Combivap, Buchs SG

Vendors of semiconductor assemblies and providers of assembly services 

Altatec, Steinhausen
Cicorel, Boudry and Moudon
Dyconex, Bassersdorf
Escatec, Heerbrugg
GS Präzisions AG, Küssnacht am Rigi
Hightec MC, Lenzburg
Hybrid, Chez-le-Bart
Microbonding, Noiraigue
Microdul, Zürich
Swissbit, Bronschhofen
Turck duotec, Delémont 
Valtronic, Les Charbonnières
µ-Blox, Thalwil

Design and/or test houses that offer their services on the open market 

ACP, Zollikon
Aptasic (formerly CSEE), Boudry
Art of Technology, Zürich
Crossmos, Marin
Enclustra, Zürich
HMT Microelectronic, Biel
Keller Engineering, Gossau ZH
Knecht Elektronik, Rapperswil
Microdul, Zürich
Mind (formerly C4i), Archamps (in nearby France)
Miromico, Zürich
NetModule, Niederwangen BE
Parametric Engineering, Uetendorf BE
Suter IC-Design, Waldenburg

Companies that develop and market virtual components

Wipro-NewLogic, Lustenau (in nearby Austria)

Companies that incorporate custom-designed semiconductor devices into their products 

Agilent (formerly Acqiris), Plan-les-Ouates
Asulab, Marin
Belimo Automation, Hinwil
Bernafon, Bern
CSEM, Neuchâtel
Dectris, Baden
ON Semiconductor (formerly AMI Semiconductor), Marin
Helbling Technik, Bern and Wil
Insightness, Zürich
Landis+Gyr (formerly Siemens Metering), Zug
LEM, Grand-Lancy
Leman Silicon Solutions (formerly TranSwitch), Lausanne
Microdul, Zürich
MBBS (formerly Microcid), Cortaillod
Phonak, Stäfa und Murten
Siemens Building Technologies, Zug
Smart Silicon Systems, Lausanne

In addition, there exist many more electronics companies that do develop HDL models before configuring field-programmable ICs or outsourcing the remainder of the VLSI design process to a design house. Though most of these companies offer positions for front-end designers too, we must refrain from listing them here as we want this directory kept focussed on microelectronics.

Companies that produce equipment and/or materials for the microelectronics industry 

Besi (formerly Oerlikon ESEC), Cham
Evatec, Flums
Holtronic, Marin
Ismeca, La Chaux-de-Fonds
Kulicke & Soffa (formerly Alphasem), Berg TG
Meyer Burger, Thun
Oerlikon Coating (formerly Unaxis, formerly Balzers), Balzers FL
Reinhardt Microtech, Wangs
Synova, Ecublens

Companies that develop EDA software for the microelectronics industry 

Synopsys (TCAD, formerly Integrated Systems Engineering), Zürich

Industrial research centers with substantial activities in microelectronics

IBM Zurich Research Laboratory, Rüschlikon

Start-up companies in microelectronics

, Zürich
Kandou Bus, Lausanne
MaxWell BiosystemsZürich
Reexen TechnologyZürich

Links to related sites

Boin's Semiconductor Links
Die aufzu Halbleiter-Ecke
EPFL Centre de Micro-Nano-Technologie
ETHZ FIRST Center for Micro- and Nanoscience
ETHZ Institut für Integrierte Systeme
Job opportunity database by TIMA Laboratory (France)

This company directory is to the best of our knowledge as per today. Each company is listed only once even if its portfolio of products and services would justify several entries. Holdings, sales offices, resellers, universities, engineering schools, and non-industrial research centers are not included. Suggestions and corrections welcome.