The Partners

Microsemi Semiconductor Ltd


Microsemi Corporation (Nasdaq: MSCC) offers a comprehensive portfolio of semiconductor and system solutions for aerospace & defence, communications, data centre and industrial markets. Products include high-performance and radiation-hardened analogue mixed-signal integrated circuits, FPGAs, SoCs and ASICs; power management products; timing and synchronization devices and precise time solutions, setting the world’s standard for time; voice processing devices; RF solutions; discrete components; enterprise storage and communication solutions, security technologies and scalable anti-tamper products; Ethernet solutions; Power-over-Ethernet ICs and midspans; as well as custom design capabilities and services. Microsemi is headquartered in Aliso Viejo, California and has approximately 4,800 employees globally.

The Advanced Packaging business based in South Wales designs and manufactures miniaturised modules for high reliability, harsh environment applications in the aerospace and medical device markets.

Moog Controls Ltd


Moog is a worldwide designer, manufacturer, and integrator of precision motion control products and systems. Moog’s high-performance systems control military and commercial aircraft, engines, satellites and space vehicles, launch vehicles, missiles, industrial machinery, wind energy, marine applications, and medical equipment.

Moog manufactures electromechanical, electrohydraulic, electro-pneumatic, electro-fueldraulic and mechanically geared actuation systems. We also specialize in rotary and linear servoactuators, electronic systems and brushless DC motor and controllers. Moog currently employ approximately 10,000 people in over 100 locations in 28 countries throughout the world. Total sales at the end of fiscal year 2014 was $2.9 billion.

Moog is comprised of five Operating Groups: Aircraft, Systems, Industrial, Medical and Components, established to serve their respective market places.

Moog have strong design and manufacturing capabilities in UK facilities at Luton, Reading, Wolverhampton and Tewkesbury.

The facility in Tewkesbury, trading as Moog Controls Ltd and part of the Aircraft Group is dedicated to providing the technical, program management and manufacturing expertise to develop and produce products for aerospace markets. This group has designed and manufactured aircraft flight control actuation and engine fuel control systems and components for more than five decades. Tewkesbury has become the Centre of Excellence for the design and manufacture of aerospace servovalves, used for a wide variety of flight and engine control applications. Moog has a proven track record in developing new concepts under InnovateUK funding.

University of Bristol

University of Bristol

University of Bristol engages in research and teaching in fundamental and applied sciences organized within 6 faculties. Approximately 14,000 undergraduate and 5000 postgraduate students study at the University. The Microelectronics Group is made up of five academics from the Departments of Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Computer Science within the Faculty of Engineering. The group carries out research in diverse topics related to the design of next generation processors and electronic systems, including FPGAs, many-core architectures and disruptive technologies. The group typically has around 10 post-doctoral researchers and over 20 PhD students engaged in research at any given time, supported by grant income from EU and UK funding bodies.

The group of Dr Pamunuwa focuses on disruptive technologies. His team has experience in NEM relay-based systems including device architectures, fabrication and characterization, modelling, analysis and synthesis of NEM relay-based circuits, and back-end-of-line (BEOL) integration of NEMS with CMOS. This experience has been gained over several prior projects, EU Framework 7 funded NEMIAC (Nanoelectromechanical Integration and Computation) and ELITE (Extended Large (3D) Integration Technology), and UK Centre for Defence Enterprise-funded NEMRAD (Nanoelectromechanical Relays for Radiation Resistant and High-Temperature Electronics).

University of Southampton

University of Southampton

University of Southampton has invested in a new £120M cleanroom complex for conducting research in advanced nanoelectronic and photonic device technology. The total cleanroom complex size is 2000 m2, which makes it the largest multidisciplinary academic research cleanroom laboratory in the UK. Part of the cleanroom complex is the state-of-the-art Southampton Nanofabrication Centre (SNC) equipped with more than £60M worth of sophisticated nanofabrication and characterisation capabilities of nanoelectronic device technology, silicon and related semiconductor materials processing. The SNC cleanroom has dedicated laboratory areas where ultra-high resolution electron beam lithography, photolithography, high temperature treatment and plasma etching and material deposition processing are performed under Class 10, 100 and 1000 environments. Current research activities are; (i) novel semiconductors and semi-metals; (ii) quantum information device technology; (iii) monolayer electronics, (iv) beyond and non-CMOS devices, (v) healthcare and bio-devices, (vi) high efficient photovoltaics, (vii) silicon photonics and (viii) integrated smart sensing systems.

Southampton team is led by Dr Harold M. H. Chong, whose research expertise is in nanofabrication of electronic devices. He is currently leading the research in ultra-thin film technologies using atomic layer deposition, high resolution lithography; plasma enhanced chemical vapour deposition (CVD) of nanocrystalline graphite and hot-wire CVD of polysilicon. Dr. Chong has been a PI/CoI on several EPSRC grants related to semiconductor electronics and photonics, which include projects on non-volatile atom transistors (EP/J000469/1), single-spin silicon quantum devices (EP/H016872/1), silicon-dopant quantum dot devices (EP/K025988/1), nanowires for biosensing and diagnostic platforms (EP/K502327/1) and mid infrared photonics (EP/L01162X/1). He is also the Director of Cleanroom Operations at the University of Southampton.