Austin Circuit Design Relocates Its Headquarters to the Richardson IQ

Described as "an innovative company with a global reach," Austin Circuit Design was founded in Austin in 1985 and moved to Garland following a 2015 acquisition. The advanced design and manufacturing firm specializes in mechanical, industrial, hardware, and software design.

Austin Circuit Design—an advanced design and manufacturing firm specializing in mechanical, industrial, hardware, and software design—has found a new home in the 1,200-acre Richardson Innovation Quarter, also known as the Richardson IQ.

Originally founded in Austin in 1985, the company was acquired in 2015 by Chairman Michael Tieu and CEO Minh Nguyen, who later moved ACD to the Dallas suburb of Garland. 

Austin Circuit Design’s new HQ in the Richardson IQ. [Photo: ACD]

ACD moved its staff of 17 employees from its former Garland location to its new 7,600-square-foot headquarters at 1850 N. Greenville Avenue in The IQ. The building that now houses the company, an 82,432-square-foot facility known as Campbell Square, is located near Campbell Road and is owned by Maverick Commercial Real Estate.

Operations and relationships that ‘stretch around the world’

Austin Circuit Design is a company with international reach. [Photo: ACD]

Mark Cottam, ACD’s chief operating officer, says his company has “employees, strategic relationships, operations, and solutions providers that stretch around the world.”

ACD’s U.S. presence also includes locations in Atlanta, Georgia; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; and San Jose, California. Internationally, the company also operates in the Vietnamese, Chinese, and Malaysian markets.

“Our new home in The IQ helps us continue to drive strong company growth, focus on innovation, and ultimately deliver first-class customer success and satisfaction,” Cottam added in a statement. “Our employees and our company stand to gain tremendously from having our new corporate headquarters in Richardson’s hub of tech-focused innovation.”

‘An innovative company with a global reach’

Technicians at work at Austin Circuit Design’s new HQ in the Richardson IQ. [Photo: ACD]

Richardson City Manager Don Magner welcomed ACD’s addition to The IQ.

“ACD is an innovative company with a global reach,” Magner said in the statement. “It joins the many dynamic technology companies, entrepreneurs and researchers that already call The IQ and Richardson home. We look forward to supporting ACD’s future success and novel solutions as they continue to emerge, like so many others, from our burgeoning innovation district.”

A conference room at Austin Circuit Design’s HQ in the Richardson IQ. [Photo: ACD]

Richardson IQ’s headquarters opened last September

The Richardson IQ’s headquarters opened last September in a bid to continue the city’s  rich heritage of innovation and entrepreneurship. With a goal of being Texas’ premier tech hub, The IQ aims to be Richardson’s “living laboratory for big ideas and groundbreaking technology” and “a global influencer of technology and innovation.”

The IQ is currently home to companies including Argo Data, Digital Realty, Ericsson, Honeywell, id Software, Raytheon, Siemens, Verizon, and “a multitude of other of smaller nano and other technology operations.”

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  • The 27,500-square-foot new HQ—in partnership with UT Dallas—anchors Richardson's 1,200-acre Innovation Quarter. A masterwork of vision planning years in the making, it's a catalyst to spark innovation and nuture collaborations—and attract hundreds of entrepreneurial businesses. Six new UT Dallas research centers will initially launch at the IQ HQ, helping to build businesses and commercialize research coming from the nearby university. “We are a global presence," Richardson Mayor Paul Voelker said at the event. "And the vision that we have here is that we will be a global influencer of technology and innovation."

  • The IQ Richardson Innovation District

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  • Just north of Dallas, Plano and Richardson are nestled together—and they share at least one thing in common. Both have been named among the "2023 Best Cities to Live in America" by Niche, a leading platform that connects students and families with colleges and schools.

  • The new 300-mm wafer fabrication plant will help support the future growth of semiconductors in electronics. Called RFAB2, the new "fab" is connected to RFAB1, which opened in 2009 as the world’s first 300-mm analog wafer fab. Inside, 15 miles of automated, overhead delivery systems will eventually move wafers between the two fabs. At full production, the Richardson fabs will manufacture more than 100 million analog chips a day that will go into electronics everywhere, TI says.

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