Sarawak comes to UK with CSA deal for automotive, space

Sarawak comes to UK with CSA deal for automotive, space

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By Nick Flaherty

The Compound Semiconductor Applications (CSA) Catapult has signed a deal with SMD Semiconductor in Sarawak, Malaysia, to come to the UK to develop automotive and space power devices.

The memorandum of understanding (MoU) lays the foundation for CSA Catapult and SMD Semiconductor in Sarawak to work together in the design, prototyping and manufacturing of next-generation semiconductor and compound semiconductor chips in the automotive and space industries. 

The MoU also signals the intent of SMD to establish an office in the UK for product development and collaboration with academia, industry and government in the UK and Sarawak.

SMD Semiconductor is a wholly owned entity of the Sarawak Government established in September 2022 under the Sarawak Research and Development Council Ordinance, 2017.  It focuses is on advanced technological research and development, with an emphasis on chip design and the development of integrated circuit products and has a key deal with European foundry X-fab, and Sarawak has been in a shareholder in X-Fab since the company took over the Kuching wafer fab through a merger of 1st Silicon (Malaysia).

“We’re absolutely delighted to sign this MoU with SMD Semiconductor today and to kick-start a partnership that will allow us to explore new opportunities to develop next-generation technology for critical industries such as automotive and space,” said Martin McHugh, CEO at CSA Catapult.

 “The partnership will allow us to call on each other’s strengths in the design, prototyping and manufacturing of semiconductor and compound semiconductor technologies to enable new concepts, ideas and products. 

 “The MoU also represents a significant landmark for both the UK and Sarawak. By entering into agreements such as this, we are championing international partnerships and helping the UK increase its cooperation with close partners to help build resilience in our supply chains,” said McHugh.  

“By harnessing the unique properties of compound semiconductors, we aim to unlock new frontiers in performance, efficiency, and functionality across a wide range of applications,”  said Shariman Jamil, CEO at SMD Semiconductor.

 “I am excited to announce that SMD is doubling down on its investment in compound semiconductor technology, recognising its potential to drive innovation, accelerate growth, and create lasting value for our customers and stakeholders. Together, let us embark on this journey of discovery and transformation, as we chart a course toward a brighter, more connected future.”;


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