Wales adds funds to expand semiconductor etching project

Wales adds funds to expand semiconductor etching project

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By Peter Clarke

ASSET (Application Specific Semiconductor Etching Technology) is an industrially driven, collaborative project with partners across south Wales, including: SPTS Technologies, IQE, The Compound Semiconductor Centre (CSC), Biovici, BioMEMS, Swansea and Cardiff universities and Integrated Compound Semiconductors Ltd (Manchester).

The etching techniques in development can be applied to compound semiconductors and next-generation materials to enable artificial intelligence, advanced packaging, biosensors and wearable sensors. It is expected that ASSET will service new and emerging applications in automotive sensing, 6G, photonics and healthcare.

The additional funds help draw in additional partners including smart sensors and networks producers UtterBerry, photonics company Wave Photonics, and the National Physical Laboratory.

Professor Owen Guy, head of chemistry at Swansea University and lead for the ASSET project, said: “The expanded ASSET project is a timely boost to the UK semiconductor industry, with exciting developments planned with several of our regional industry partners, and the opening of our £90m Centre for Integrative Semiconductor Materials (CISM) – a new state-of-the-art semiconductor facility at Swansea University – in 2022.”

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