Compound Semi-Conductors provide the underpinning technology behind most of today’s high-tech products and services including smartphones, sensors, and fibre-optic communications. They function at speeds much faster than traditional silicon-based semi-conductors and offer photonic properties that used in a wide range of sensor technologies and optical communications. They are a vital component of emerging technologies from 5G connectivity to industrial automation and driverless vehicles.
The Cardiff Capital region is home to IQE, Newport Wafer Fab, SPTS, Microsemi, Swansea University, Cardiff University, and CSA Catapult. In total, over £500m is being invested in the Compound Semi- Conductor Cluster with Cardiff University, Welsh and UK Governments, and local industry all investing. The sector is a priority for the wider Cardiff Capital Region.