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Developing a Compound Semiconductor power house in South Wales

The Compound Semiconductor Applications Catapult is part of a consortium led by Cardiff University that will create the world’s first compound semiconductor cluster.

A world-leading cluster of excellence in compound semiconductor technologies

The Compound Semiconductor Applications Catapult is part of a consortium led by Cardiff University that will create the world’s first compound semiconductor cluster.

Government funding awarded through UK Research and Innovation’s flagship Strength in Places Fund will build a world-leading cluster of excellence in compound semiconductor technologies, bringing economic investment and high quality jobs to South Wales.

The cluster, called the CS Connected initiative, integrates research excellence with the regional supply chains in advanced semiconductor manufacturing. Compound semiconductors are critical components across a wide range of new technologies. The Cluster aims to develop a competitive advantage in key enabling technologies which will allow the UK to increase trade globally in critical sectors such as optical communications, 5G, autonomous and electric vehicles, aerospace, robotics and medical devices.

The consortium connects Cardiff University, Swansea University, and a range of key regional industrial partners including IQE, SPTS, Newport Wafer Fab (NWF), Cardiff Capital Region (CCR) City Deal, Welsh Government and UK Government’s Compound Semiconductor Applications Catapult.

CS Connected will create a talent pipeline that produces highly skilled, well-paid jobs, bringing social and economic benefits to South Wales. The Catapult’s role is to enable access to expertise and infrastructure, providing advanced test, evaluation and life testing services for design and process feedback to the consortia.

According to analysts, global markets for compound semiconductors are projected to reach US$125 billion by 2025, with other analysts estimating the global market for compound semiconductors to grow to more than $300 billion come 2030; three times the growth rate of silicon. The CS Connected initiative ensures the UK leads the world in the design and manufacturing of compound semiconductor wafers.

Semi Conductor Wafer

World’s first compound semiconductor cluster
$125 billion
est. global market value for compound semiconductors by 2025
10-15%
growth per annum of the compound semiconductors market
3x
the growth rate of the silicon global market