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US Semiconductor Landscape: Unveiling Growth, Innovation, and Global Influence

The world of technology is evolving at an unprecedented pace, and at the heart of this transformation lies the semiconductor industry. The United States stands as a key player in this dynamic landscape, while continuing to make significant strides in innovation, growth, and global influence.  

Global Advantage Consulting proudly presents the North American Semiconductor Ecosystem map for 2023, offering a comprehensive view of the industry’s components and optimization strategies. Join us as we delve into the intricate details of this vibrant ecosystem, showcasing the industry’s impressive impact on the US GDP and its evolving company profile. 

In the midst of escalating tensions with China, the USA’s semiconductor landscape is shifting. The CHIPS and Science Act of 2022, with a $278.2 billion budget, seeks to bolster domestic manufacturing, technology innovation, and national security. As China’s semiconductor dominance raises concerns, the Act aims to reduce reliance on Chinese suppliers, allocate $52.7 billion for chips manufacturing and R&D, and foster a skilled workforce. This legislative effort signifies the USA’s commitment to securing its semiconductor ecosystem and technological future. 

The CHIPS and Science Act, 2022

While the CHIPS and Science Act of 2022 underscores the strategic importance of the semiconductor industry from a national security perspective, its economic contributions to the US cannot be overstated. 

In 2021, the semiconductor industry flexed its economic muscle by contributing a staggering $277 billion to the United States’ Gross Domestic Product (GDP) through direct, indirect and induced activity. This impressive figure represents a robust 12% growth compared to the previous year, underscoring the industry’s vital role in propelling the nation’s economic engine forward. What’s even more remarkable is the direct contribution, which soared by an astonishing 72% in the same year. These numbers serve as a powerful testament to the industry’s resilience, innovation, and ability to drive sustained growth. 

US Semiconductor Contribution to GDP 2020-21, $USD

The US semiconductor industry is not only a powerhouse in terms of economic impact but also a breeding ground for innovation. Over the past few years, the sector has witnessed a consistent upward trajectory in company-level Research and Development (R&D) investments, surging by an impressive 26% between 2019 and 2021. Reaching more than $50 billion in 2021, these investments serve as a clear indicator of the industry’s unwavering commitment to pushing the boundaries of technology and staying at the forefront of cutting-edge developments. As the semiconductor landscape evolves, the US remains a beacon of innovation, attracting talent and investment from around the world. 

US Semiconductor Firm R&D Spending 2020-22, $USD

Diverse Company Profile: Unveiling the Players 

The North American Semiconductor Ecosystem map paints a vivid picture of the industry’s composition, revealing a thriving landscape of over 3,600 operating organizations. Notably, a significant portion of these companies (51%) fall within the range of 1 to 99 employees, showcasing the prevalence of smaller-scale operations that contribute to the industry’s diversity and agility. Alongside them, 25% of the firms employ between 20 and 99 individuals, while 13% represent larger corporations with 500 or more employees. This rich blend of company sizes fosters a collaborative environment where innovation can flourish across a spectrum of scales. 

Number of US Semiconductor Establishments by Size, 2020

While the domestic landscape showcases a diverse mix of organizations, the global arena has witnessed the US semiconductor sector’s robust growth and outreach. From 2017 to 2022, exports from the US semiconductor sector surged by an impressive 29%. Mexico emerged as a significant partner, with $18.6 billion USD worth of semiconductor products finding their way southward in 2022. Meanwhile, Canada also embraced US-made technology, importing semiconductor products worth $3.4 billion USD in the same year.  

US Semiconductor Total Exports 2017-22, ($USD)

These figures underscore the expanding footprint of the United States in the global semiconductor market, a testament to its innovation-driven approach and advanced manufacturing capabilities. 

US 2023 Semiconductor Landscape 

The 2023 North American Semiconductor Ecosystem map, curated by Global Advantage Consulting, provides a comprehensive overview of the United States’ semiconductor landscape. The industry’s substantial economic impact, resolute commitment to research and development, diverse company profiles, and expanding global influence collectively underline its pivotal role in shaping the digital future. As we navigate the complexities of the digital era, the US semiconductor industry stands poised to fuel innovation, drive economic growth, and propel the nation toward an even brighter technological horizon. 

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For more insights into the US vibrant semiconductor ecosystem and its role in the North American market, stay connected with Global Advantage Consulting. Our commitment to unravelling innovation, exploring new frontiers, and providing informed perspectives ensures you stay ahead in the dynamic world of technology. 

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