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The Semiconductor Industry in the Orlando Region

Orlando Region Semiconductor Manufacturing

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The Orlando region is cultivating a robust semiconductor industry cluster. At its heart lies Osceola County’s NeoCity, a 500-acre technology park anchored by the Center for NeoVation, a hub for research, development, and advanced packaging. This growth is furthered by a unique Cluster Management Organization, fostering collaboration between industry, academia, and government. The initiative has secured significant federal and state grant funding, exceeding half a billion dollars, solidifying Orlando’s position as a major player in the reshoring of chip production in the U.S..

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Semiconductor Industry Cluster

Orlando Economic Partnership, in partnership with the Florida High Tech Corridor,  is focused on building an internationally recognized semiconductor industry cluster that is globally competitive resulting in significant contributions to Central Florida’s economy and the United States’ economic and national security.

We work with organizations, to become semiconductor cluster members, and leverage synergies within the community, existing regional strengths and a well-established global network to address the specific needs of Central Florida businesses. Become a member of the Orlando region’s semiconductor cluster.

Regional Semiconductor Cluster Members


Company: AIVault

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BRIDG is a versatile boutique microelectronics fabrication facility with 200mm (8-inch) wafer fab capabilities.

Company: bridg

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CareerSource Central Florida

Company: CareerSource Central Florida

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Defense Operations & Execution Solutions Inc. (DOES)

Company: Defense Operations & Execution Solutions Inc. (DOES)

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Edmund Optics

Company: Edmund Optics

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Emisha Innovations

Company: Emisha Innovations

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Florida Semiconductor Institute

Company: Florida Semiconductor Institute

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Gigantor Technologies, Inc.

Gigantor provides massive AI acceleration and latency reduction, along with power reduction, for computer and machine vision, lidar and radar…

Company: Gigantor Technologies, Inc.

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Imec is a world-leading R&D organization for nanoelectronics and digital technologies. The imec USA Space Health team validates imec’s miniaturized…

Company: imec

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L3Harris Technologies

Company: L3Harris Technologies

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Mattrix Technologies

Mattrix Technologies is a semiconductor start-up bringing advanced manufacturing of flat-panel displays back to the USA. We will produce specialized…

Company: Mattrix Technologies

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Micross Components, Inc.

Company: Micross Components, Inc.

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Multicore Technologies

We develop fiber optic sensors for industrial applications at a price point that is competitive with electrical-based sensors. Our unique…

Company: Multicore Technologies

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NanoSpective, Inc.

Company: NanoSpective, Inc.

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Company: nTessimal

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Osceola Chamber

Company: Osceola Chamber

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Osceola County

Company: Osceola County

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PICAdavanced US LLC

Company: PICAdavanced US LLC

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Plug and Play

Company: Plug and Play

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Rogue Valley Microdevices, Inc.

Company: Rogue Valley Microdevices, Inc.

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Silicon Assurance

Silicon Assurance develops software to address security issues in silicon chips designed by semiconductor companies and system OEMs. Our tool…

Company: Silicon Assurance


SKIFTECH is a battle-tested, full-cycle manufacturer specializing in Force-On-Force (FoF) training simulation systems.

Company: SKIF TECH

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Sky Water Technology

SkyWater is a U.S.- investor owned semiconductor manufacturer and a DMEA-accredited Trusted supplier.

Company: Sky Water Technology

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Synopsys, Inc

Company: Synopsys, Inc

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University of Central Florida

Company: University of Central Florida

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Valencia College

Company: Valencia College

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Vortex Aerospace Design & Labs, Inc.

Company: Vortex Aerospace Design & Labs, Inc.

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NeoCity Innovation District

Get an in-depth overview of the NeoCity tech district and opportunities for industrial development.

Osceola County’s NeoCity is a 500 acre master-planned campus just 20 minutes from Orlando International Airport that will serve as a global center of advanced research.

  • Located with one of the world’s most advanced sensor development and research fabrication facilities and 100,000 square feet of Class A office space
  • Strategically positioned for university + industry collaboration through the not-for-profit consortium, BRIDG
  • Located within one of the five areas designated as Opportunity Zones in Osceola County
  • 179 undeveloped plots of land, including pad-ready sites

perfectly positioned

Land to Expand

With 500 acres of developable land, NeoCity provides excellent access to an international airport and strong connections to highway networks, regional and commuter rail and local mobility services. The site is located only 20 minutes from the Orlando International Airport and less than a mile from the Florida Turnpike, with close proximity to Kissimmee Gateway Airport and the SunRail commuter line station in downtown Kissimee. It is also only 30 minutes from the largest university in the country, University of Central Florida (UCF).

  • Highway: Florida Turnpike access is less than one mile (6 minutes); Access to SR-417 (11 minutes), I-4 (23 minutes) and U.S. Highway 441 (7 minutes)
  • Airport: Orlando International Airport (20 minute drive); Kissimmee Gateway Airport (14 minute drive); Orlando Sanford International Airport (50 minute drive)
  • Rail: SunRail/Amtrak Kissimmee Station (5 minute drive); SunRail/Amtrak Tupperware station (15 minute drive).
  • Port: Deep-water seaport access at Port Canaveral to the east (60 minute drive) and Port Tampa Bay to the west (90 minute drive).

Ideate + create + innovate

What is NeoCity?

NeoCity is a technology district is Osceola County, Florida, inspired by an ethos of collaboration and designed to transform the way we ideate, create, and innovate. Here, burgeoning concepts will gestate into mature technologies, from smart sensors and photonics to software applications and process improvements in science and engineering.

Quick Facts

ADDRESSNeoCity, Osceola County, Florida 34741
PRICECounty owns land with no debt; available with favorable terms
ZONINGEmployment Commercial (EC)
TAX ADVANTAGESOpportunity Zone
ELECTRIC200 megawatts (MW) currently available
WATER CAPACITY1.9 million gallons per day (MGD)
TELECOM/ FIBERHigh bandwidth, low latency 10 Gbps+ fiber optic network

NeoCity Location

Key Distances and Demographics

NeoCity’s location and transportation connections ease commutes for the region’s talent pipeline and allow collaboration among the region’s business leaders in research and development.

Data source: JobsEQ

50-Mile Radius 100-Mile Radius 200-Mile Radius
Population 6,575,419 10,054,741 19,482,552
Households 2,848,612 4,640,123 8,761,777
Median Household Income $56,091 $55,059 $56,439
Businesses 197,838 310,589 669,982
Employees 2,910,982 4,228,258 8,506,434

Robust STEM Talent Pipeline

NeoCity is located in one of the fastest growing metros for STEM talent, Located in one of the fastest growing metros for STEM talent, with proximity to the Space Coast and nation’s largest and top-ranked technical university, University of Central Florida (UCF).

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UpSkill Osceola is a regional, skills-based talent strategy driving a pathway to Broad-based Prosperity®. UpSkill Osceola works to create upward mobility opportunities by working with local employers and educators together to create skills-based career pathways designed to support the semiconductor industry.

  • The Orlando region has access to over 550,000+ students enrolled in higher education within 2 driving hours, greater than metro Atlanta, Austin and Phoenix.
  • In close proximity to NeoCity is direct access to Valencia College, Florida Polytechnic University and Florida Tech, all with major STEM related programs.
  • Valencia College’s Osceola campus, which features a number of accelerated skills training programs, is less than five minutes away.
  • Valencia College’s Advanced Manufacturing Training Center is also working to fill the skills gap for manufacturing occupations, from CNC machinists to welders.

Recent Investments

In the past year and a half alone, the Orlando region has secured over half a billion dollars in federal and state support for the region’s semiconductor industry and NeoCity, largely thanks to unique and collaborative public-private partnerships and support from leaders like Congressman Darren Soto.

Funding SourceAmountPurpose
Osceola County$270 millionInitial investment into the physical infrastructure of the NeoCity, including construction of the Center for Neovation, electrical and water utilities, the office building, NeoCity  Academy, roads, and the purchase and installation of semiconductor tools and equipment.
State of Florida Appropriations (since 2016)$31 millionThe State of Florida has appropriated $28 million from 2016 to 2019 to purchase tools, equipment, and fund personnel. A $2.9 million State of Florida appropriation to fund the initial capital investment for BRIDG’s design center’s equipment, was passed by the legislature and is currently awaiting the Governor’s approval.
U.S. Department of Defense Cornerstone$19.3 millionBRIDG is leveraging the investments of time and funding, ~$200M, imec (Belgium) has made by licensing and transferring the imec silicon interposer technology, and making it available to the U.S. industrial base at the Center for Neovation to support heterogenous chip integration for both digital and radio-frequency systems.
Air Force Research Lab$7.6 millionBRIDG is developing, testing and verifying a Secure Digital Twin manufacturing architecture which applies block-chain trust and assurance security concepts, product lifecycle management and “digital twin” manufacturing concepts to the semiconductor manufacturing process.
EDA Build Back Better Regional   Challenge – Phase II (2022)$50.8 millionFunded six component projects that establish the initial operational capacity in terms of capital infrastructure and equipment. Learn more about the EDA award here.
DARPA Next Generation   Microelectronics Manufacturing Phase 0$2.7 millionGenerate a comprehensive plan for a pilot 3DHI manufacturing center to addresses major challenges to 3DHI prototyping.
U.S. Department of Defense Cornerstone$289 millionProposes extensive research among seven elements of advanced packaging of semiconductors and funds the capital investment to perform research and development.
Osceola County (2022 and 2023)$20.7 millionProvided every single graduating high school senior in Osceola County a full scholarship to attend either our local community college or our local trade school, regardless of citizenship, income, or whether they graduated public, private, or home-schooled.
U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF)$160 millionAn initial investment of around $15 million for the first two years, potentially reaching $160 million over the next decade. This major investment from the NSF enables the human capital necessary to transform our region’s semiconductor industry into a world class innovation ecosystem, partnering with workforce development and higher education, funding next generation R&D projects, and standing up a formal structure to oversee the translation of research and innovation to commercialization. NSF Engines represent one of the single largest broad investments in place-based research and development in the nation’s history – uniquely placing science and technology leadership as the central driver for regional economic competitiveness. Learn more about the NSF award here.
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Osceola County Wins Generational Federal Investment in U.S. Semiconductor Manufacturing

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) officially awarded the Orlando region $50.8 as one of 21 recipients of the Build Back Better Regional Challenge (BBBRC). Following a yearlong application process, the once-in-a-generation investment will fund the expansion of facilities at Osceola County’s NeoCity, the development of a robust semiconductor talent pipeline, and a governance structure modeled after the Central Florida Cluster Initiative, Cenfluence.

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BRIDG-Led Coalition Secures $160 Million NSF Grant for NeoCity Innovation Hub

The BRIDG-led coalition has clinched the NSF Engine award in the Regional Innovation Engines competition, as announced by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF). This accolade comes with an initial funding injection of around $15 million for the first two years, potentially reaching $160 million over the next decade.


Center for NeoVation

The Center for NeoVation is one of the most technologically advanced manufacturing research centers in the western hemisphere. The Center is currently being utilized by imec, an international research & development organization active in the fields of nanoelectronics and digital technologies, as well as U.S. based foundry SkyWater Technologies, which is the current operator of the fabrication facility.

Facility Operator: SkyWater Technologies

SkyWater Technologies is a one of the country’s only pure-play foundries that combine agile development and quality volume manufacturing with trusted IP security to enable customers efficient development of highly differentiated technologies and rapidly deliver them to market. SkyWater’s contributions and agreement with Osceola County will run through October 2044, and include:

"The Florida fab offers a complementary service model and technology platform to our Minnesota fab. We are very excited about the potential to extend SkyWater’s capabilities and to grow operations at both facilities."

– Thomas Sonderman, President and Chief Executive Officer at SkyWater Technology


Futuristic Vision

The NeoCity Master Plan brings the design, economic development, and job creation efforts of Osceola County into sharp focus. It galvanizes planning efforts of County-owned land between Kissimmee and St. Cloud, on the edge of Lake Toho. NeoCity is anticipated to be a leader in sustainable development, integrated into an increasingly interconnected network of growing population centers south of Orlando, Florida.

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Positioned for Strategic, Large Scale Development

Diverse amenities surround the NeoCity site, including bucolic landscape features around Lake Toho, bars and restaurants in downtown Kissimmee, sports and event space at Osceola County Heritage Park, education and workforce training at Valencia College, and a multitude of developable land opportunities.

NeoCity’s assets poise the district to be a future hotbed of IoT and sensor-related technologies including a sustainable water management system with an urban farm, recreational parks, a central plaza, a magnet STEM high school, NeoCity Academy, and complete infrastructure elements.

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