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A Centre Of Excellence For Compound Semiconductor Technology To Open In Singapore

September 22, 2014

IQE are to open a centre of excellence for the development of compound semiconductor technology in Singapore, in joint partnership with WIN Semiconductors Corp (WIN) and the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), the European Photonics Industry Consortium (EPIC) reports.

The memorandum of understanding (MOU) that the various enterprises have entered into is connected to the future creation of the Compound Semiconductor Development Centre (CSDC), which will be owned by IQE, WIN and NTU, as well as local academics and management.

Compound semiconductors make "energy-efficient LED lighting and fiber optic communications possible", according to Terence Gan, the director of electronics at the Singapore Economic Development Board. He noted that the creation of the CSDC will "enable the creation of ultra-fast and ultra-energy efficient semiconductor integrated circuits."

All three companies believe that the creation of the centre of excellence will aid the development of semiconductor technology, which will play a significant role in the future of the semiconductor industry, the article notes. The initiative will hopefully encourage collaboration between the industry and academics in a bid to accelerate the future of the sector and next generation technology.

The Economic Development Board of Singapore has been particularly helpful in advancing this collaboration, as it hopes to put Singapore on the map in terms of semiconductor output in the global market. The CSDC also works well with other compound semiconductor development initiatives in the region, including the SMART-LEES enterprise.

The chief executive of IQE, Dr Drew Nelson, said that the company is "proud to be a founding partner of the CSDC. It represents a very innovative approach to making the most of the skills and talent that exist in Singapore."

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