| The large concentration of high-technology engineering, computer, and microprocessor companies around San Jose has led the area to be known as Silicon Valley. As the largest city in the valley, San Jose has billed itself "the capital of Silicon Valley."
San Jose lists 25 companies with 1,000 employees or more, including the headquarters of Adobe Systems (2,000 employees), BEA Systems, Cisco (13,400 employees), SunPower and eBay, as well as major facilities for Flextronics, Hewlett-Packard, IBM (6,400 employees), Hitachi (2,900 employees) and Lockheed Martin. Sizable government employers include the city government, Santa Clara County (14,800 employees), and San José State University. Acer's United States division has its offices in San Jose.
Other large employers in the area include: City of San Jose (7,200 employees); San Jose Unified School District (3,360 employees); Agilent Technologies (2,880 employees); Xilinx (2,600 employees); Good Samaritan Health System (1,850 employees); KLA Tencor Instruments (1,850 employees); Novellus Systems (1,800 employees); Cadence Design Systems Inc. (1,760 employees); and, Sanmina-SCI (1,750 employees).
San Jose residents reportedly produce more U.S. patents than any other city. Thirty-five percent of all venture capital funds in the U.S. are invested in San Jose and Silicon Valley companies. San Jose Info Source
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