Jobs on the horizon as IQE and Cardiff University move a step closer to world-first compound semiconductor technology cluster

Cardiff University and IQE have announced a new partnership to establish a new centre for compound semiconductor (CS) research excellence.

The venture will develop technology that features in smartphones and tablets, healthcare equipment, biotechnology and mass communications. The announcement of the new partnership follows the news from March that the government would provide £17.3m of funding for the CS research centre, which will be the first of its kind in the UK.

The government has also recruited Professor Diana Huffaker - currently based at the University of California, Los Angeles - to lead the new research programme.

Welsh Government Minister for Economy and Science, Edwina Hart said: “This new company will help create commercial opportunities from the excellent compound semiconductor research work going on at Cardiff University. Together with the appointment through our Sêr Cymru programme of Professor Diana Huffaker, a world-renowned expert in the field, Cardiff is now well placed to become a hub for compound semiconductor research and exploitation.”