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UK award for Compound Semiconductor Centre

28 June 2019

Wyn Meredith and Rob Harper, CSC, Insider Made in the UK Awards
Wyn Meredith and Rob Harper, CSC, Insider Made in the UK Awards.

A joint venture between Cardiff University and IQE plc to develop Compound Semiconductor (CS) technologies has scooped ‘Best Collaboration’ at Insider Media’s ‘Made in the UK’ Awards.

Compound Semiconductor Centre (CSC) Limited – which works closely with the University’s ERDF-funded Institute for Compound Semiconductors (ICS) - won the title for its work to develop a world-class CS technology cluster in South Wales.

CSC works with partners including IQE, SPTS, Microsemi, Newport Wafer Fab, Swansea University, Compound Semiconductor Applications Catapult, Cardiff Capital Region City Deal and Welsh Government.

The South Wales cluster, launched in 2015, has secured investment commitments worth in excess of £600 million for innovation and manufacturing facilities to service applications including telecommunications, power electronics, sensing, healthcare and quantum technologies.

Dr Wyn Meredith, Managing Director of CSC said: “It is a great honour to receive this prestigious award, which celebrates strong industry and academic collaboration. CSC provides cutting-edge facilities that help researchers and industry work together and helps to position Cardiff as the UK and European leader in CS technology. This award is testament to the growing importance of our industry sector to the regional economy.”

Professor Karen Holford, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Cardiff University, said: “The University is delighted that CSC’s achievements have been recognised on a UK stage. CSC was launched in 2015 to work with a range of partners through Cardiff’s Institute for Compound Semiconductors. CSC recently led a £1.3m UK consortium win to develop Gallium Nitride power applications for electric vehicles...”

Karen Holford

“It continues to pioneer world-leading innovations that help industry create high quality, well paid jobs that bring prosperity to Wales.”

Professor Karen Holford, Professor

CSC works to develop innovative new materials technologies that will enable a wide range of new and emerging applications. It aims to provide a complete capability value chain from world-class research and development through product and process innovation to high value, large-scale manufacturing.

It is Europe's first prototyping facility allowing businesses and academics to demonstrate new technologies based on compound semiconductor materials that will be production ready - allowing rapid routes to market for entrepreneurs and technology leaders.

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