UK manufacturing: CSC wins £1m Award

CSC are pleased to announce the award of a £1.1M Collaborative R+D project under the recent InnovateUK Materials and Manufacturing Call.  Project DiLaN: (Diode Laser manufacturing process using Nano-imprint lithography) will focus on the development of new manufacturing processes for semiconductor laser sources to service an enormous growth market in fibre optic communications to the Premises (FTTP).

Project Lead, Dr Wyn Meredith  commented, ‘The adoption of cloud services, video on demand and emerging IoT services are driving a massively expanding global data bandwidth demand. The UK is already a major player in the supply of high performance compound semiconductor materials and components that underpin the global fibre optic network. However, next generation high capacity networks will require higher performance, lower cost laser sources. Our project addresses the replacement of a high cost, nanometre-scale lithography step in the laser manufacturing process with a low cost, high throughput nano-imprint process to realise a cost saving of 20-30% in the Cost of Manufacture of the laser chip. However, there is significant de-risking activity required to establish, qualify and yield engineer a new manufacturing process to unlock the productivity gains and take this technology to market’. The consortium of CSC (Cardiff), Compound Semiconductor Technologies (Glasgow), Swansea and Cardiff Universities will collaborate to deliver a market solution with the target of transfer to high volume manufacturing in a timescale of 24 months.

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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 Centre is a vital milestone towards developing a World-class Compound Semiconductor cluster in South Wales.