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£50m research centre with Bath Uni targets LEDs and radio technologies

A £50m project is aiming to be Europe’s leading centre for compound semiconductors such as gallium nitride and silicon carbide for LED, radio and power applications. The Compound Semiconductor Applications Catapult will be based in Newport, Wales, with support from the University of Bath. It is about to appoint a chief executive and create a technology campus.  

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Acquisition sees boom time for semiconductor equipment

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Three years ago, US-Israeli printed circuit board inspection company Orbotech bought a semiconductor equipment maker in Wales in a surprise move. Today, SPTS retains its branding and is seeing a resurgence in LED manufacturing equipment and a range of opportunities for a new plasma dicing technology.

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UK plans IMEC equivalent for compound semiconductors

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A £50m project in the UK is aiming to build the equivalent of the Belgian research company IMEC for compound semiconductors such as gallium nitride and silicon carbide for LED, RF and power applications.  

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Forging a bright future for IC and package quality

Vendors are taking a variety of approaches to boosting semiconductor quality and reducing time to market. Offerings range from instrument modules in PXI and LXI formats to complete test and related systems—and finally on to software that manages “data lakes,” applying AI/machine learning for analytics. Application areas are similarly varied—extending from analog to high-speed digital and on to RF, with wireless and IoT devices gaining considerable attention. SEMICON West, scheduled for July 11-13 in San Francisco, will provide companies an opportunity to highlight these products and technologies.

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Insider: Newport and Gwent Businesses Among Queen's Award Winners

Three companies in the Newport and Gwent area are among six in Wales to receive a Queen's Awards for Enterprise for their contribution to international trade and innovation. The awards are now in their 51st year with a total of 176 businesses winning in 2017. Among the Welsh winners is Newport-based SPTS Technologies Group, which won in the international trade category.

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Businesses recognised for enterprise excellence on Queen's birthday

Business Secretary Greg Clark today named the winners of the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise in celebration of Her Majesty The Queen’s 91st birthday. This included six businesses from across Wales who have been recognised for their contribution to sustainable development, international trade and innovation - including SPTS Technologies Group Ltd.

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Plasma Dicing: Strength in Numbers

The demand for smaller electronic products including burgeoning loT applications hos led to new focus on die size and wafer singulation. Richard Barnett, Etch Product Manager at SPTS Technologies explains how the benefits of plasma dicing grow as die continue to shrink.

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Gwent-based businesses score hat-trick at Welsh Business Awards

Three Gwent-based businesses triumphed at the Welsh Business Awards, organised by the South and Mid Wales Chamber of Commerce at the National Museum of Wales. Newport hi-tech firm SPTS Technologies was victorious in the Commitment to Skills and People Development category. Multiple training opportunities, high staff retention levels, apprenticeships, on-site chiropractic and massage appointments, as well as a profit-related bonus for staff worldwide, all contributed to SPTS Technologies’ victory.  

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i-Micronews: Q&A with Richard Barnett about SPTS's Plasma Dicing solutions, position in the industry and vision of the market

Driven by rising demand for thinner wafers and stronger die, dicing technology is evolving. According to Yole Développement in its Thin Wafer Processing & Dicing Equipment Market report, the dicing equipment market reached more than US$100 million in 2015 and will double by 2020-2021. Indeed, thin wafers are creating new challenges of significant interest in the dicing equipment industry such as die breakage, chipping, low die strength, handling issues and dicing damage...

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UK Ministers Visit SPTS

... Mr Davis then travelled to south Wales to join a tour of SPTS Technologies, just off the M4, with Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns and Brexit Minister David Jones. The high-tech firm has grown steadily and now employs 280 on its site at Coldra.  STPS makes the machines that in turn make the leading edge technology that ends up in a range of devices, from sensors in airbags, parts of smart phones and LED lighting. It exports all over the world, with 30% of customers in the EU. 

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TAP Times: Plasma Dicing: Benefits and Process Considerations

Plasma dicing has gained acceptance within the semiconductor industry as a viable alternative to conventional singulation methods using saw blades or lasers, with significant adoption across a range of applications.   The technology is based on deep reactive ion etching (DRIE)—also known as the “Bosch Process”—a dry plasma etch process that has been in production use for over 20 years within the MEMS and 3D Packaging markets.   

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i-Micronews: Thinner wafers are fostering the growth & emergence of new dicing technologies

Driven by rising demand for thinner wafers and stronger die, dicing technology is evolving. “Reaching more than US$100 million in 2015, the dicing equipment market will double by 2020-2021”, announces Yole Développement (Yole) (Source: Thin Wafer Processing & Dicing Equipment Market report, Yole Développement, May 2016). Yet at the same time thin wafers are creating new challenges of significant interest in the dicing equipment industry such as die breakage, chipping, low die strength, handling issues and dicing damage...

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