Advanced Silicon Processing & Manufacturing Techniques

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Members of the National Microelectronics Institute
  • Analog Devices
    Analog Devices develops, manufactures and markets high-performance integrated circuits (ICs) used in signal-processing applications. The Company's largest single product group is general-purpose Standard Linear ICs (SLICs), which include data converters and amplifiers.
    Atmel Corporation, founded in 1984, is a worldwide leader in the design, manufacturing and marketing of advanced semiconductors, including advanced logic, nonvolatile memory, mixed signal and RF integrated circuits
  • Bookham Caswell
    Bookham is a leading developer, manufacturer, and provider of optical solutions designs, manufactures and markets optical components, modules and subsystems used in a broad range of diversified markets, including telecommunications, data communications, aerospace, industrial, consumer optics, semiconductors, scientific and defense.
  • Bourns UK
    Product lines now include precision potentiometers, panel controls, encoders, resistor/capacitor networks, chip resistors/arrays, inductors, transformers, resettable fuses, thyristor-based overvoltage protectors, line feed resistors, gas discharge tubes, telephone station protectors, 5-pin protectors, industrial signal, irrigation and petroleum protectors, CATV coax protectors, signal data protectors, indoor and outdoor POTsplitters, network interface devices, and integrated circuits.
  • Dynex
    Dynex Semiconductor is world-class supplier of power semiconductor and power control products providing solutions for systems designers in a range of applications that include: railway traction; industrial; aerospace; high voltage transmission and distribution (HVDC); heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC); and appliances
  • E2V Technologies
    Manufactures radio frequency and sensing technology that enables innovative medical, scientific, aeorspce and commercial systems worldwide. Materials science is at the heart of e2v's innovation in radio frequency and sensing technologies. We are experts at both harnessing our own intellectual property and sharing our insight and discrimination with customers and strategic partners to deliver leading end products and systems.
  • Filtronic PLC
    Filtronic plc is a world leader in the design and manufacture of a broad range of customised microwave and millimetre wave radio frequency components and subsystems. The company's products are used in wireless communication infrastructure equipment, cellular handsets, electronic warfare systems, and wire-line communication systems
  • Freescale UK Ltd
    As the world's #1 producer of embedded processors, Freescale's Semiconductor Products Sector offers multiple DigitalDNA™ technologies which enable its customers to create "smart" products and new business opportunities in the networking and computing, wireless communications, transportation and imaging and entertainment markets.
  • Infineon
    Infineon is a leading innovator in the international semiconductor industry. Designing, developing and manufacturing a broad range of semiconductors and complete system solutions targeted at selected industries. Their products serve applications in the wireless and wireline communications, automotive, industrial, computer, security and chip card markets. The product portfolio consists of both memory and logic products and includes digital, mixed-signal and analogue integrated circuits (ICs) as well as discrete semiconductor products and system solutions.
  • International Rectifier UK
    International Rectifier (IR) provides enabling technologies for products that work smarter, run cooler, and raise the world's productivity-per-watt. The world's largest industry is electronics, and over the long term, global demand for power electronics makes IR's role more important and our contribution more valuable. The foundry business now operating from the former ESM site in Newport, South Wales. Analog ICs and Power MOSFETs, 6" and 8" wafer manufacturing capability.The facility offers leading-edge mixed-signal and analog process capabilities.
  • IQE Silicon
    IQE Silicon is Europe's most advanced and largest independent provider of epitaxial services to the silicon semiconductor market. IQE's experience in the field of epitaxy and advanced materials technology is unparalleled. It is a division of IQE plc - a company with over 17 years experience as world leaders in custom epitaxy.
  • L G Philips
    LG Philips LCD is the global leader in the development and manufacture of TFT-LCD panels, for televisions, monitors, notebooks and emerging mobile applications
  • Micron
    Micron Semiconductors UK Limited has become a leading manufacturer of silicon detectors for the High Energy Physics, Space, Nuclear and Medical Research markets. Specialising in producing custom AC and DC detectors and designing and manufacturing an estimated 200 individual designs over the past 20 years.
  • National Semiconductor
    The site, based at Greenock in the west of Scotland, manufacturers products ranging from complete systems on a single chip to high-performance multi-chip products and basic building blocks, National provides optimized solutions for the information appliance, personal computing, consumer and communication markets.
  • Oxford Semiconductor
    Oxford Semiconductor designs and manufactures communication bridge and connectivity ICs for interconnecting a broad range of consumer electronic products.
  • Philips Semiconductors
    It is a global leader in colour television sets, lighting, electric shavers, colour picture tubes for televisions and monitors, and one-chip TV products. Its 232,433 employees in more than 60 countries are active in the areas of lighting, consumer electronics, domestic appliances, components, semiconductors, medical systems, and IT services
  • Photronics
    Photronics is the industry leader in the design, development and production of reticles and photomasks for semiconductor and microelectronic applications.
  • Phyworks
    Phyworks delivers leading edge products that address present day communications problems including Dispersion in multimode and single mode fiber.
    Using low cost, highly integrated single chip CMOS solutions, Phyworks innovative products include 10Gbps Re-Timers and SerDes enabled with Electronic Dispersion Compensation and high performance Laser Drivers and Receivers
  • PicoChip
    The technology at the heart of picoChip is the picoArray, an array of fully-programmable processing elements which is optimized for high-performance signal processing. picoChip provides a full development environment for picoArray including a complete tool-chain, libraries and Software Reference Designs which are complete, conformance-tested implementations of major wireless communications standards.
  • Pure Wafer
    Pure Wafer manufacturing and reclaim facility is situated in a new technology park in Swansea, Wales and is the most advanced plant of its kind in Europe. They have the
    ability to produce extremely flat wafers enabling its customers to expand the use of wafer reclaim into new applications. With a level of technical expertise and experience unsurpassed in the industry
  • Raytheon
    Raytheon is focused on its core businesses: defence and commercial electronics, business aviation and special mission aircraft
  • Seagate Technologies Ltd
    Seagate storage products include a broad range of disc drives in capacities ranging from 4 gigabytes to 73 gigabytes. This comprehensive line of disc drives includes products for the price-sensitive desktop PC market, higher performance PC and workstation drives, and higher-capacity drives for the storage and performance-intensive network server, disc array and audio-visual (A/V) markets.
  • Semefab
    Semefab is a flexible 100mm diameter silicon wafer based manufacturing company that has been providing integrated circuit, transistor products plus wafer foundry services since 1986. They provide robust, innovative and cost effective solutions through the use of well proven design and manufacturing technologies to original equipment manufacturers (OEM's) in the automotive, security, safety, sensor and consumer product markets, world-wide.
  • Shin-Etsu Handotai
    World leader in silicon wafer manufacture. European manufacturing headquarters in Livingston since 1984.
  • Sony UK
    At the forefront of innovation, leading telecommunications solutions combined with proven entertainment technologies place Sony Ericsson products at the forefront of innovation. World leader in silicon wafer manufacture. European manufacturing headquarters in Livingston since 1984.
  • Surface Technology Systems
    Based in Newport, STS designs and manufactures a range of highly specialised machines incorporating innovative technology used in the production of semiconductors and semiconductor related devices. STS serves a range of applications outside this 'mainstream' memory chip market in several emerging sectors within the telecommunications, information technology and new micro electromechanical systems industries. The company is a market leader in silicon etching within the growing MEMS market with patent protected technology
  • Trikon
    Trikon Technologies™, Inc. provides a broad line of advanced manufacturing systems that are used for three major processing steps in the manufacture of a semiconductor device: Etch, PVD and CVD. The Company's corporate headquarters and main manufacturing site are located in Newport.
  • Wolfson Microelectronics
    Wolfson is a global leader in the supply of high performance mixed-signal chips for the digital market with headquarters in Edinburgh, where their fabless, scalable business model and design expertise allows them to meet the global demands of some of the biggest names in the digital consumer marketplace.
  • X-Fab
    X-FAB UK Ltd is a manufacturer of Semiconductors located in Plymouth. The Wafers produced here find their way into a variety of 'critical' applications including heart pacemakers, hearing aids, mobile phones, PC's and cars from across the automotive industry. In the field of mixed-signal applications, X-FAB has the broadest range of process technologies throughout the world.
  • Zarlink Semiconductor
    With 3 sites in England and Wales, Zarlink are providing connectivity solutions - the foundation of all networks - for voice and data equipment manufacturers who are building the world's most advanced communications infrastructures.
  • Zetex
    Zetex plc designs, manufactures and markets a broad line of standard, application-specific and customer-specific analogue ICs and discrete semiconductors using bipolar, CMOS, HDMOS and MOSFET [trench and planar] wafer processing technologies.


  • Welsh Development Agency
    Established by the UK government in 1976, the WDA has been tasked with regenerating the economic prosperity of Wales in the wake of heavy industry decline in the late 1970's and early 1980's.
  • Scottish Enterprise
    Scottish Enterprise (SE) was set up under the Enterprise and New Towns (Scotland) Act 1990 and brought together the former Scottish Development Agency (SDA) and Training Agency in Scotland to provide a more fully integrated economic development agency. It began operating on April 1, 1991.
  • OneNE
    One NorthEast is the Regional Development Agency set up in April 1999 to help the people of the NorthEast to create and sustain jobs, prosperity and a higher quality of life. It is responsible for economic development & regeneration, competitiveness, business support and investment; skills, employment & sustainable development. John Bridge (previously chairman of the NDC) has been appointed as the Chairman of the RDA.


  • Scottish Microelectronics Centre
    The Scottish Microelectronics Centre is the result of collaboration between The University of Edinburgh, Lothian and Edinburgh Enterprise (LEEL) and Scottish Enterprise National. Opening in early 2000 the Centre will provide a specialised R&D environment designed to encourage the commercialisation of opportunities in microelectronics products and services.
  • Microelectronics in Scotland
    This site represents all the companies and organisations involved in the semiconductor and microelectronics industry in Scotland.
  • JEMI
    JEMI is the Joint Equipment and Materials Initiative. It is the only association truly representing the interests of manufacturers and suppliers of equipment, materials and services for Semiconductor production across the UK and Ireland.
  • Scottish Knowledge
    Scottish Knowledge Plc began operation in August 1997 and has the backing of all 14 Scottish Universities and their colleges, one of Scotland's leading further education colleges and many leading Scottish commercial and industrial organisations.
  • IEE
    The Institution of Electrical Engineers represents the public, professional and educational interest of over 140,000 electrical, electronic and manufacturing engineers world-wide. Key activities include publishing, the organisation of conferences, the maintenance of technical standards, interaction with government departments and the provision of scientific and technical information services.


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