20 November 2017
InnovateUK awards project to CS MAGIC consortium
The Compound Semiconductor Centre (CSC) - a joint venture founded in 2015 between Cardiff University and epiwafer foundry and substrate maker IQE plc of Cardiff, Wales, UK - has been awarded a collaborative research & development grant by UK Government agency InnovateUK for the project CS MAGIC: (Compound Semiconductor MAGnetic Integrated Circuits), which will focus on the development of new ultra-sensitive magneto-sensors with integrated electronics.
The £367,153 project will leverage core technology based on gallium arsenide (GaAs) quantum well Hall effect (QWHE) magnetic sensing technology developed by professor Mohamed Missous, the founder of Advanced Hall Sensors Ltd (AHS), and a novel gallium nitride (GaN) device based on a high-electron-mobility transistor (magHEMT) concept developed by Dr Petar Igic at Swansea University.
Comprising CSC (in Cardiff), AHS Ltd (in Manchester), independent research and technology organization TWI (in Port Talbot), Renishaw (in Edinburgh) and Swansea University (in Wales), the project consortium will collaborate to deliver commercial-grade sensing solutions for a diverse range of challenging applications in automotive current sensing, high-resolution metrology, non-destructive inspection & test, and security screening applications.
“AHS has had considerable success in commercializing the core technology, with over 15 million discrete sensors shipped to date [to the industrial, medical, aerospace and oil & gas industries], and this project will extend the functionality of sensing platform for harsh-environment and ultra-wide dynamic range requirements to service a $3bn market in magnetic sensing solutions,” says Missous. “This project will deliver an ‘all UK’-developed and -manufactured solution which leverages world-class compound semiconductor materials and device expertise in the consortium matched with the deep applications understanding of TWI and Renishaw,” comments CSC’s director Dr Wyn Meredith.