What’s Happening on the
“Hardware Side of the Bay”?

If you’ve been keeping up with the latest technology headlines, then you know that the hardware sector has become a hotbed of new ideas and experimentation. Welcome to the New Industrial Revolution, powered by advancements in smart manufacturing, robotics, artificial intelligence, and the Internet of Things (IoT).

Naturally, Fremont is knee-deep in it. That’s because when it comes to advanced manufacturing, our city is ground zero.


There are more than 850 manufacturing companies within Fremont. In addition, we have the largest concentration of biomedical manufacturing companies in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Take a quick scan of Fremont companies, and you’ll find examples of this revolution in every corner of the City.

For starters, Tesla is focused on achieving the world’s most automated manufacturing systems right here in Fremont. For Zen Labs, it’s all about high density batteries. Then there are groundbreaking neurovascular medical devices from Stryker and Ceranovus.

Contract manufacturers like Asteelflash, Wellex, and Sanmina-SCI also call Fremont home. Major tech manufacturers like Western Digital, Seagate, and Lam Research have manufacturing and R&D operations here as well.

Automation is quickly becoming the mainstay, with advanced technology enabling the automation of tasks that could only be operated by humans just a few years ago.

And what has the potential to fundamentally change the face of modern manufacturing?

Answer: automation combined with machine learning.

Say hello to smart, industrial robots.    

Case in point: KUKA Robotics and Nachi Robotics are just two of the latest robotics companies to open in Fremont. They join others like Eclipse Automation, Owens Design, and L2F. These companies are transforming the industry through robotics, which is aptly considered the “icon of automation.”

But, what’s IoT got to do with it?

Fremont is poised to leverage new growth opportunities fueled by the Internet of Things (IoT). That’s because this opportunity is most pronounced in the manufacturing sector with the rapid integration of hardware and software.

Fremont’s inventive companies are aligning their design and production processes to improve cost, quality, and overall competitiveness.

For example, Tesla’s electric vehicles channel the supply chain that orbits its factory, allowing changes to be made on a dime. Similarly, Gridscape Solutions is demonstrating the value of microgrids for critical infrastructure through partnerships with local companies, including Delta Electronics.


Whether it’s the R&D centers that are building the platforms that make IoT devices, or the design and prototyping of new kinds of “smart” hardware, or smart buildings that merge traditional energy savings technology with the power of big data’s predictive and intelligent capabilities, IoT is a key driver of future opportunities in Silicon Valley.

Integration of these trends, tools, and technologies will result in increased efficiency, which spells out a bright future for the hardware sector.

And if you’re wondering what that would look like, you might want to keep your eyes fixed on Fremont.