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.


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 probable 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, Centre for Integrated Semiconductors, Translational Research facility, Compound Semiconductor Applications Catapult and OpTIC Centre are integral to the Welsh offer in driving innovation across Wales and delivering the technology of tomorrow. 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.

Case Studies



Modular building

In an increasingly miniaturised world, Microchip's Advanced Packaging Services aim to make microelectronic products smaller, smarter, and more reliable.

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OpTIC Technology Centre

OpTIC Technology Centre

Precision Optical Systems

Wrexham 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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Man in overalls on a production line

SPTS Division (KLA Corp)

Tools for technology

SPTS 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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Inside Stories

Semiconductor manufacturing

Beyond silicon

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

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Semiconductor manufacturing

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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Stephen Doran

The tech revolution, brought to you by Wales

Silicon semiconductors formed the basis of the technological revolution. They sit at the heart of microprocessor chips, enabling computers and wireless communications.

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