IQE to play a key role in establishing a technology Cluster in Wales

27 May 2015

Cardiff, UK, 27 May 2015 - IQE plc (AIM: IQE; "IQE", the "Group"), the leading global supplier of advanced semiconductor wafer products and services will play a key role in turning Wales into a world-leading cluster for compound semiconductor technology. 

Cardiff University announced yesterday that Professor Diana Huffaker, one of the world's leading experts in compound semiconductors, has been appointed to lead a new research laboratory at Cardiff University to establish a world-class research lab with a focus on fundamental science and device development.

The lab will explore novel growth methods and material combinations and will form part of a Compound Semiconductor Foundation to create a global hub for Compound Semiconductors technology research, development and innovation.

The Compound Semiconductor Foundation will strengthen partnership between IQE and academics in developing next generation technologies and will play a signification role in the establishment of a technology cluster in the region.


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Chris Meadows (Press/investors)

Note to Editors ABOUT IQE 

IQE is the leading global supplier of advanced semiconductor wafers with products that cover a diverse range of applications, supported by an innovative outsourced foundry services portfolio that allows the Group to provide a 'one stop shop' for the wafer needs of the world's leading semiconductor manufacturers. 
IQE uses advanced crystal growth technology (epitaxy) to manufacture and supply bespoke semiconductor wafers 'epi-wafers' to the major chip manufacturing companies, who then use these wafers to make the chips which form the key components of virtually all high technology systems. IQE is unique in being able to supply wafers using all of the leading crystal growth technology platforms.
IQE's products are found in many leading-edge consumer, communication, computing and industrial applications, including a complete range of wafer products for the wireless industry, such as mobile handsets and wireless infrastructure, Wi-Fi, WiMAX, base stations, GPS, and satellite communications; optical communications, optical storage, laser optical mouse, laser printers & photocopiers, thermal imagers, leading-edge medical products, barcode, ultra high brightness LEDs, a variety of advanced silicon based systems and high efficiency concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) solar cells.
The manufacturers of these chips are increasingly seeking to outsource wafer production to specialist foundries such as IQE in order to reduce overall wafer costs and accelerate time to market.
IQE also provides bespoke R&D services to deliver customised materials for specific applications and offers specialist technical staff to manufacture to specification either at its own facilities or on the customer's own sites. The Group is also able to leverage its global purchasing volumes to reduce the cost of raw materials. In this way IQE's outsourced services, provide compelling benefits in terms of flexibility and predictability of cost, thereby significantly reducing operating risk.
IQE operates a number of manufacturing and R&D facilities facilities worldwide.