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£12m Funding From Welsh Government Supports EU’s First Compound Semiconductor Cluster


£12m funding from Welsh Government supports strategy to create Europe’s first compound semiconductor cluster in Wales.

The ICS forms part of Cardiff University’s £300m investment in new research and innovation centres and is a key element of the wider strategy to create Europe’s fifth semiconductor cluster – and the only one dedicated to compound semiconductors.

£17.3m of Research Council Partnership Investment Funding has already been secured by Cardiff University to support the Institute which will work closely with industry and take academic research to the next level. The Institute will complement the Joint Venture between Cardiff and IQE to create a Compound Semiconductor Centre (CSC) delivering commercial prototypes and pilot lines. CSC, to be formally launched at events in London (18 November) and Cardiff Castle (26 November), will be Europe's first prototyping facility. It will link academic research to industrial exploitation allowing rapid routes to market for entrepreneurs and technology leaders.