Welsh compound semi centre receives money, offers jobs

August 20, 2018 // By Peter Clarke
The Compound Semiconductor Applications Catapult based near Cardiff, Wales, will open in early 2019 and receive £51 million (about $65 million) in funding from the UK government. The Catapult already employs 23 people and is set to create around 100 new jobs internally.

The aim is for the centre to create about 1,000 technology-based jobs within businesses across the UK by 2023. The Catapult is actively looking to fill positions across all levels of the organisation in the technology areas: power, photonics and Microwave and RF.

The Catapult Innovation Centre will house a design studio, laboratories and test facilities, supported by simulation and modelling tools and advanced capabilities. It is intended to help companies to accelerate the development of new products using compound semiconductors.

"Bringing together academics and businesses to develop new technologies will support areas of our daily lives from the next-generation 5G mobile network to improving scanning at airport security," said the Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns, in a statement.

Compound Semiconductor Applications Catapult CEO, Stephen Doran said: "The transformative potential for compound semiconductors to meet the challenges of the future has never been higher, and our new Innovation Centre will make sure that Wales is at the forefront of this revolution."

Doran added: "So far we have had contact with more than 150 businesses from around the UK and that has allowed us to develop an in-depth understanding of the compound semiconductor market and create a strategy that will help us to support and collaborate with industry. We are open for business and looking for great people to help us make these innovations happen."

Related links and articles:

www.csa.catapult.org.uk

White paper on launch of Catapult

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