Compound semiconductor device consortium lands Eurostars funding

A UK - Netherlands consortium of semiconductor device specialists has been awarded a 2 year, 1.2Million euro project to develop next generation photodetector solutions for ultra-high speed data-communications applications.

The Compound Semiconductor Centre (CSC) will deliver project MISCA (Monolithically Integrated Detector Solutions for Next Generation Communications Applications) in collaboration with Integrated Compound Semiconductors (ICS) Ltd of Manchester, and VTEC Lasers and Sensors of Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

Project lead, Dr Wyn Meredith, Director of CSC, commented “The project aims to drive a radical improvement in component performance via advances in semiconductor materials integration and will result in a new European source of high performance detector products for fibre optic data-communications applications.”

Professor Mohamed Missous, Founder and CEO of ICS added “The rapid growth of the high speed optical transceiver market is an exciting opportunity for ICS as the demands of the 100G/200G/400G optical transmission markets require a deep understanding of RF component design to complement high quality optoelectronic device manufacture.”

Dr Jan Mink, CEO of VTEC added, The Eurostars programme is specifically aimed at enabling agile SMEs to collaborate across Europe, and gives VTEC a great opportunity to collaborate with like-minded companies in the UK to extend our value chain. We see great potential in using semiconductor component integration to enable a new class of low power consumption, high performance detector products.”

About us

Integrated Compound Semiconductors Ltd is a spin out from the University of Manchester which specialises in the design and manufacture of compound semiconductor RF, sensing and optical devices. It supplies fabricated wafers, die and fully packaged components to a wide range of international customers in communications, defence, and the automotive industries. ICS’s expertise is rooted in ultra-high sensitive component design and a proven fabrication platform which has delivered over 10 Million electro-optical devices to the market since 2006.
ICS Contact: Debbie Cawley; Email:; Tel: +44 161 873 7334 ; Website:

The Compound Semiconductor Centre was founded in 2015 as a Joint Venture between Cardiff University and IQE Plc, with the mission of accelerating commercialisation of Compound Semiconductor Materials and Device Research, and realising a tangible economic return on the UK investment in this key area of enabling technology. Based in Cardiff, the Centre is a vital milestone towards developing a World-class Compound Semiconductor cluster in South Wales.
CSC Contact: Wyn Meredith; Email:; Tel: (44) 2920 021921; Website:

VTEC was founded in 2011 to  focus on R&D, production and sales of photonics solutions for the communications, sensing and IoT markets. VTEC is located in Eindhoven with offices in UK and China, and is a founder member of Photon Delta which co-ordinates the Dutch National master plan for the exploitation of photonics technologies.
VTEC Contact: Jan Mink; Email:; Tel: (31) 6 2060 7655; Website: