CSC announces joint programme with industry partner ICS Ltd

22 February 2018

Thursday 22nd February 2018: The Compound Semiconductor Centre (CSC), a joint venture between IQE plc and Cardiff University, has announced its key role in the launch of a new product line of high speed InGaAs-InAlAs PIN and APD detectors with one of its industry partners.

The full announcement by Integrated Compound Semiconductors Ltd (ICS) and CSC is available on the CSC website at:

As part of its commercialisation strategy, ICS is planning to use IQE as its key wafer supplier, providing its own customers with a clear route to high volume product ramp. This provides the first example of the effectiveness of the CSC JV business model, and further announcements are expected in due course from some of CSC’s other industry, academic and development partners. CSC is currently engaged with over a dozen high profile partners and together they have already won projects to the total value of over £5 million over the last 18 months. CSC is playing a key role in attracting customers to carry out development work within the Compound Semiconductor Cluster , CS Connected, which will be profiled at the upcoming ‘Festival of Innovation Week’ in London on Wednesday 7th March.




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