Cardiff, 4th November 2016 : The Compound Semiconductor Centre (CSC) congratulates Professor Hywel Thomas, Cardiff University’s pro vice-chancellor for research, innovation and engagement, who was presented with the Individual Impact Award at the Insider Business and Education Partnership Awards Ceremony held at a gala ceremony in Cardiff on 3rd November 2016.

Professor Thomas’ award was in recognition of his work in driving collaboration with smaller businesses as well as worked with large projects such as the compound semiconductor cluster with IQE. Professor Thomas was a key player in the formation of the Joint Venture with work leading compound semiconductor wafer producer, IQE plc to form the Compound Semiconductor Centre which is believed to be the first Joint Venture of it’s kind in the UK between academia and industry.

In accepting the award, Professor Thomas credited IQE’s CEO and Executive Director of the CSC, Dr Drew Nelson, for his driving ambition to establish Wales as a global centre for compound semiconductor technologies.


About IQE

IQE is the leading global supplier of advanced semiconductor wafers with products that cover a diverse range of applications, supported by an innovative outsourced foundry services portfolio that allows the Group to provide a 'one stop shop' for the wafer needs of the world's leading semiconductor manufacturers. 
IQE uses advanced crystal growth technology (epitaxy) to manufacture and supply bespoke semiconductor wafers 'epi-wafers' to the major chip manufacturing companies, who then use these wafers to make the chips which form the key components of virtually all high technology systems. IQE is unique in being able to supply wafers using all of the leading crystal growth technology platforms.
IQE's products are found in many leading-edge consumer, communication, computing and industrial applications, including a complete range of wafer products for the wireless industry, such as mobile handsets and wireless infrastructure, Wi-Fi, WiMAX, base stations, GPS, and satellite communications; optical communications, optical storage, laser optical mouse, laser printers & photocopiers, thermal imagers, leading-edge medical products, barcode, ultra high brightness LEDs, a variety of advanced silicon based systems and high efficiency concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) solar cells.
The manufacturers of these chips are increasingly seeking to outsource wafer production to specialist foundries such as IQE in order to reduce overall wafer costs and accelerate time to market.
IQE also provides bespoke R&D services to deliver customised materials for specific applications and offers specialist technical staff to manufacture to specification either at its own facilities or on the customer's own sites. The Group is also able to leverage its global purchasing volumes to reduce the cost of raw materials. In this way IQE's outsourced services, provide compelling benefits in terms of flexibility and predictability of cost, thereby significantly reducing operating risk.
IQE operates a number of manufacturing and R&D facilities facilities worldwide.

About the Compound Semiconductor Centre (CSC)

Led by industry and academia, for industry, the Compound Semiconductor Centre (CSC) is an innovative collaboration between IQE plc and Cardiff University to underpin the creation of a unique global capability for new and emerging 21st century technologies.

Based in Cardiff, the CSC represents a unique opportunity to build on our creativity and excellence in research to
develop an innovative eco-system to commercialise next generation opportunities, the compound Semiconductor Centreis a vital milestone towards developing a World-class Compound Semiconductor cluster.

The establishment of a facility to support the full technology capability chain (TRLs 1 to 9) offer Wales, the UK and Europe a unique opportunity to play a leading global
role in next generation, 21st century technologies

About Cardiff University

Cardiff University is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain’s leading teaching and research universities and is a member of the Russell Group of the UK’s most research intensive universities. The 2014 Research Excellence Framework ranked the University 5th in the UK for research excellence. Among its academic staff are two Nobel Laureates, including the winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize for Medicine, University Chancellor Professor Sir Martin Evans. Founded by Royal Charter in 1883, today the University combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research. The University’s breadth of expertise encompasses: the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; the College of Biomedical and Life Sciences; and the College of Physical Sciences and Engineering, along with a longstanding commitment to lifelong learning. Cardiff’s flagship Research Institutes are offering radical new approaches to pressing global problems.