Chips Made in Mexico

Many of the components in our electronics were made and designed in Jalisco—things you never imagined!

“It is very likely that when you connected to the Internet today to read your email, the communication was handled through a router made in Guadalajara. In fact, this is likely even if you were in the United States or South America. It’s probable that the mobile phone you carry every day was manufactured in Mexico, in the state of Tamaulipas, Chihuahua, Nuevo León, or Jalisco; and if it’s a recent Blackberry model, this is even more likely. Furthermore, it is likely that your car has electronic components designed in Guadalajara and that some of the integrated circuits (chips) in the computer in your office, or the laptop in your briefcase, were partly or entirely designed here.

How did we get here and where is the electronics industry in Mexico headed? From its origins linked to the maquiladora industry and meeting trade quotas, to the current hardware and software design centers, the evolution of this industry can already be seen as a success story. However, the birth of another “Silicon Valley” is still in process. Links to universities and venture capital are still immature, and the exploitation of the local market is incipient. The consolidation of a strong industry, capable of adding value through local innovation, will depend on the current actors’ ability to adequately balance the manufacturing sectors, hardware design, and software development with a market vision, supported by a long-term government plan independent of changes in administration.

With these two paragraphs, Ernesto Sánchez Proal, considered one of the most relevant industrialists in the electronics and manufacturing sectors in Mexico, invited his audience to his talk at the Café Scientifique.

About Ernesto Sánchez Proal

Ernesto Sánchez Proal is an electronic engineer graduated from ITESO. He recently left his position at the head of Jabil Circuit Mexico to start his own technology company. Additionally, he worked for eight years at IBM Mexico, where he held various positions, including national distribution coordination and electronic assemblies planning management.

For his leadership, capability, and dedication to the electronics sector, Sánchez Proal has received numerous recognitions throughout his career, such as Manufacturer of the Year 2005 (Manufactura, Expansión editorial group), the National Quality Award 2006, and Engineer of the Year 2005 by the College of Engineers of Jalisco.

Previously, he had received the Distinguished Industrialist Award of the Electronics Industry 2003 by the Council of Industrial Chambers of Jalisco, the National Export Award in 2002, the State Export Award, and the State Quality Award, to name a few.

He has also held positions such as the presidency of the Guadalajara chapter of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers in 2002, editorial advisor for the newspaper Mural, board member of the American Chamber Guadalajara, of CANIETI Occidente, and is an invited advisor to the Bank of Mexico (West). From 2004 to 2007, he was president of CADELEC, where he promoted the creation of high-tech design and manufacturing centers that place Jalisco as one of the main technology development centers in the country. He currently supports the development of new Mexican tech-based companies, participating as a board member in their boards of directors.

Contact: The Café Scientifique ITESO is a space for leisurely thinking and discussing science, held on the first Tuesday of each month at the Casa ITESO Clavigero (José Guadalupe Zuno 2083, between Chapultepec and Marsella, Col. Americana), starting at 7:30 PM. Admission is free.

Maya Viesca, coordinator of the Café Scientifique ITESO,, 3669 3421, 3669 3434 ext. 3101, or Alejandra Ruíz, Communication Coordinator of the ITESO Cultural Promotion Center,

Resumen en Español:

Ernesto Sánchez Proal destacó que muchos componentes electrónicos, como routers y chips, son diseñados y fabricados en Jalisco. En su charla en el Café Scientifique, explicó la evolución de la industria electrónica en México desde sus inicios hasta convertirse en un caso de éxito. Sin embargo, mencionó que aún falta consolidar un “valle del silicio” mexicano debido a la inmadurez en la vinculación con universidades y capital de riesgo. Sánchez Proal, un reconocido ingeniero y líder industrial, ha recibido numerosos premios por su contribución al sector. Actualmente, apoya el desarrollo de nuevas empresas tecnológicas en México.