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Compound Semiconductor Centre Wins Research And Collaboration Award

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2017 TechWorks award recognises the CSC's multiple collaborative R&D programme wins

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

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

Recent R&D programmes include Project SUPER8, a £1.1M Collaborative R+D project under the recent InnovateUK Emerging and Enabling Technologies Call 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, and Project CS MAGIC (Compound Semiconductor MAGnetic Integrated Circuits) which focuses on the development of new ultra-sensitive magneto-sensors with integrated electronics.

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 (CSC), enabling a wide range of business and academic partners to develop new compound semiconductor based technologies from prototyping through to commercial realisation. 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."

The awards celebrate the year’s key electronics innovations, people and companies from across the UK and Ireland. While these are the inaugural TechWorks Awards, they follow on from the NMI Awards, which ran from 2001 to 2016. The STFC-sponsored category celebrates innovative R&D activity involving strong industry and academic collaboration and completed within the last two years. The winner, CSC, has demonstrated “world beating" technology development with very high potential of being adopted by industry. The ceremony was presented by the BBC’s technology correspondent, Rory Cellan-Jones.


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