Semiconductor Discs


This is a quiet industrial revolution, nudging forward the capabilities of the electronics which hide inside nearly every modern day device and technology. And at their heart, a new generation of enabling materials is opening up endless possibilities.

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Industry Overview

Compound semiconductors are integral to the development of smartphones, wifi, satellite communication systems, robotics and efficient LEDs to name but a few. From its headquarters in Cardiff, IQE has a 55% global market share in compound semiconductor technology so it is highly probably that your phone contains a little piece of Wales. IQE is leading the way in developing the global market and spearheading the development in Wales. The Compound Semiconductor Centre, Institute, Manufacturing Hub and Applications Catapult are integral to this Cluster. Our highly integrated approach will guide you from concept to production – whether you're an SME or a global, household name, we'll support you when designing new material through to manufacturing.
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World's First Cluster

Collaboration is a powerful tool in accelarating innovation. The benefits are even greater when whole supply chains 'cluster' in the same location, breaking down the barriers created by geography and time zones. Silicon Valley in California is a prime example of how the benefit of clustering can propel an industry to a global platform.

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Compound SemiConductor


Compound semiconductors are much more complex than long established Silicon technology. Our highly integrated Wales cluster will guide you from concept to production - whether you're an SME or a global, household name, we'll support you when designing new material through to manufacturing.

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OpTIC Technology Centre

OpTIC Technology Centre Precision Optical Systems

Wrexham Glyndŵr University isn’t just building a bridge between academia and industry - it’s laying down a superhighway. Its state-of-the-art OpTIC Technology Centre in St Asaph has created a hi-tech home for start-ups in North Wales.

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SPTS Technologies Tools for technology

SPTS Technologies, a KLA company, designs and manufactures the wafer processing equipment used by major players in the global semiconductor industry — and the company has built up strong links with Welsh universities to aid both research and recruitment.

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Beyond silicon

The world’s first compound semiconductor cluster is taking shape in South Wales.

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Andrew Gwatkin

Andrew Gwatkin

Director International Relations and Trade

Welsh Government Offices
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International Offices

Welsh Government has staff and offices in locations around the world and they're ready to talk to you about setting up operations in Wales. You'll find our worldwide office locations, along with contact details, on our contact page.

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