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Compound semiconductors subject of new Catapult centre in Wales

08 January 2016

George Osborne has announced a new Compound Semiconductor Applications Catapult for Wales, which will receive £10m a year of government support up to 2020-21.

George Osborne has announced a new Compound Semiconductor Applications Catapult for Wales, which will receive £10m a year of government support up to 2020-21.

Compound semiconductors are at the heart of many devices we use today, from smart phones to tablets and satellite communication systems. The silicon carbide semiconductor being developed for the next-generation power electronics, is a good example.

They are central to development of the 5G network, new high-efficiency lighting, power electronics for the next generation of electric vehicles and new imaging techniques for a variety of uses from security to health diagnostics. The global market for compound semiconductors is expected to be £125 billion by 2020.

Catapults already exist in: cell therapy, high value manufacturing, offshore renewable energy, satellite applications, digital, transport systems, future cities, energysystems, precision medicine, medicine technologies.

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