Compound Semiconductor Applications Catapult


The Compound Semiconductor Applications Catapult's purpose is to deliver long-term benefits to the UK economy and accelerate UK economic growth in industries where applying compound semiconductors creates a competitive advantage and enables new products or end markets.

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Compound Semiconductor Applications Catapult (CSA Catapult) was established to accelerate the commercialisation of compound semiconductors in areas such as healthcare, energy, transport, defence, security and space. Supported by the UKRI, the UK’s innovation agency, the Catapult provides open-access research facilities for business to develop next generation products using compound semiconductors. These facilities include a design studio, a power electronics lab, a RF/microwave lab and a photonics lab, which are supported by an advanced packaging lab. Its integrated approach supports the whole design lifecycle from optical, mechanical and electrical design and simulation through to packaging, test and characterisation, and qualification testing for harsh environments. As part of its strategy, the Catapult is developing a series of hardware platforms called ‘evaluation modules’ (EVMs) to showcase the performance of compound semiconductor devices. These platforms include LIDAR and precision optical sources. The Catapult is expected to take a leading role in defining the world’s premier compound semiconductor cluster in South Wales.