Compound Semiconductor Centre wins at 2017 TechWorks Awards

27 November 2017

IQE wafer

The Compound Semiconductor Centre (CSC), a joint venture between IQE plc and Cardiff University, has claimed the Research and Collaboration title at the 2017 TechWorks Awards.

Sponsored by the Science & Technology Facilities Council, the award was presented during a gala ceremony in London in recognition of CSC’s multiple collaborative R&D programme wins, positioning South Wales as the go-to place for the development, innovation and manufacture of advanced compound semiconductor (CS) related products.

Dr Wyn Meredith, Director of CSC, said: “We are delighted to have won this prestigious UK award. Collaboration is the DNA of the Compound Semiconductor Centre, enabling a wide range of business and academic partners to develop new CS-based technologies from prototyping through to commercial realisation...”

Dr Wyn Meredith

"Recent collaborative R&D programmes won by CSC demonstrate the high level of CS technology activities in South Wales and provide an important milestone towards the establishment of the world’s first CS Cluster, based in the region."

Dr Wyn Meredith, Director, Compound Semiconductor Centre

CSC was founded in 2015 as a joint venture between Cardiff University and Cardiff-headquartered CS specialists IQE plc. It works with the University’s Institute for Compound Semiconductors to accelerate the commercialisation of CS research.

Professor Rudolf Allemann, Pro Vice-Chancellor for the College of Physical Sciences and Engineering, said :“The Compound Semiconductor Centre is a crucial part of our contribution to the region’s compound semiconductor cluster...”

Ruedi Allemann

"The Centre is founded on the principles of excellent research and innovative collaboration; it is very gratifying to have been recognised in these areas by TechWorks."

Professor Rudolf Allemann, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Head of College of Physical Sciences and Engineering

Based in Cardiff, CSC is a vital milestone towards developing a world-class CS cluster in South Wales.

Recent R&D wins include:

  • Project SUPER8, a £1.1m collaborative R&D project under Innovate UK, which focuses on the development of new ultra-high speed transceiver platform to service the enormous growth market in optical data communications in hyper-scale cloud data centres
  • Project CS MAGIC (Compound Semiconductor MAGnetic Integrated Circuits), which focuses on the development of new ultra-sensitive magneto-sensors with integrated electronics.

An overview of some of the projects awarded is available on the CSC website.

The institute provides cutting-edge facilities to help researchers and industry work together.