Silicon Forest

Silicon Forest

Silicon Forest is a nickname and specifically refers to the cluster of high tech companies located in the Portland metropolitan area in the U.S. states of Oregon and Southwest Washington, and most frequently refers to the industrial corridor between Beaverton and Hillsboro in northwest Oregon.

The name is similar to Silicon Valley in California's San Francisco Bay Area. However in greater Portland, these companies specialize in output devices like displays and printers, along with softwarerelated materials.


The term Silicon Forest can refer to all the technology companies in Oregon,Rogoway, Mike. Bizz blog: Silicon Forest. "The Oregonian", April 9 2006.] but often is in reference only to those in Washington County on Portland’s west side. First used in a Japanese company’s press release dating to 1981, Lattice Semiconductor trademarked the term in 1984. Lattice’s founder is sometimes mentioned as the person who came up with the term, but the company does not use the trademark on products

The high-tech industry in the Portland area dates back to at least the 1940s, with Tektronix and Electro Scientific Industries as pioneers.Fact|date=April 2008 These two companies, and later Intel, led to the creation of a number of spin-offs or start-ups, some of which were remarkably successful. A 2003 dissertation on these spin-offs led to a poster depicting the genealogy of Silicon Forest companies.cite web |url= |title=Mapping the Silicon Forest Universe |publisher= Portland State University: The Institute for Portland Metropolitan Studies |accessdate= 2008-04-22] High tech employment in the state reached a peak of almost 73,000 in 2001, but has declined nearly 20% to 58,000 in 2008. [Rogoway, Mike. High-tech's no longer Oregon's high point. "The Oregonian", April 20 2008.]

Companies and subsidiaries

The following is a partial list of past and present companies founded in the Silicon Forest or which have a major subsidiary located there:
*ARRIS (via acquisition of C-COR)
*Atlas Telecom
*Central Point Software
*FEI Company
*FLIR Systems
*Floating Point Systems
*GemStone Systems
*IBM (by acquisition of Sequent and Informix)
*Informix Software
*Lattice Semiconductor
*Maxim Integrated Products
*Mentor Graphics
*Merix Corporation
*Network Associates
*Novellus Systems
*Panic Software
*Planar Systems
*RadiSys Corporation
*Sage Software (by the acquisition of Timberline)
*Sequent Computer Systems
*Sun Microsystems
*TriQuint Semiconductor
*Rational Software
*WaferTech ("TSMC subsidiary")

See also

* List of places with "Silicon" names
* Research Triangle Park
* Silicon Valley


External links

* [ The "Oregonian"'s Silicon Forest Blog]
* [ Portland Tech] portal at
* [ Silicon Florist] : Coverage of the Web-based startup scene

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