I’m delighted to be launching the Compound Semiconductor Applications Catapult at this exciting time. The UK has substantial capabilities to build on and a critical mass of people and investment have coalesced around the need for action.
We have worked with more than 150 businesses to develop our strategy for the Catapult. They have told us of the challenges which prevent the greater adoption of compound semiconductors. We’ve heard that:
- Companies have limited access to the specialist expertise, tools and test facilities they need to validate their prototype products.
- The UK has a supply chain that is highly fragmented. Companies are reluctant to scale up unless there is a proven market, and users will not develop products with unproven technology.
- There is a lack of awareness among companies of how compound semiconductors could transform their products.
Stephen Doran – CEO