Industry Overview

Compound Semiconductors

Compound semiconductor (CSC) technology is at the heart of the next industrial revolution, and it is coming together in one place – Wales. Academia, Government and industry are collaborating here to develop the world’s first compound semiconductor cluster.

CSC’s 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 CSC 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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Infrastructure

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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Welsh Industry Strengths

From Microsemi Corporation's advanced packaging, to IQE PLC's wafer foundry and SPTS Technologies' specialist wafer processing equipment - there's a lot happening within the compound semiconductor cluster in Wales.

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