The purpose of this study is to understand the location and growth pattern of high tech industries in the Austin region which comprise part of the Austin-San Marcos MSA. This study used data on firms defined as high tech industries by the GACC and reclassified them into two major categories; software and hardware. Growth of high tech industries can be divided into three periods. The main impact of high tech started in the 1980s. Hardware industries, such as computer and semiconductor, started to prosper in the 1980s. Software industries, such as E-commerce and Telecommunication, really began to flourish in the 1990s. The Austin region is moving toward a balanced growth pattern, with both software and hardware industries sharing the growth.
High tech firms reveal different types of locational distribution according to established year in the Austin region, type of firms, and number of employees. Leading firms, MCC and SEMATECH, in the 1980s had direct and indirect effects in the growth of high tech industry in the Austin region.