CSA Catapult expands across the UK in Bristol, Scotland and County Durham supporting compound semiconductor clusters and supply chains

CSA Catapult Regional Offices

Compound Semiconductor Applications (CSA) Catapult, the UK’s authority on compound semiconductor applications and commercialisation, is expanding across the UK to Bristol, the North East and Scotland.

CSA Catapult plays a leading role in the UK’s compound semiconductor ecosystem, helping companies fully embrace the power of compound semiconductor technology and bring their innovations to market.

Future Telecoms Hub in Bristol

CSA Catapult, with the support of Innovate UK, will open a Future Telecoms Hub at the Bristol and Bath Science Park in Autumn 2023. The Catapult has identified significant opportunities for growth in the UK telecoms hardware sector. The Future Telecoms Hub will support companies developing telecoms hardware.

The Future Telecoms Hub will allow CSA Catapult to deepen and accelerate its expertise in telecoms by building technology platforms and ecosystems for telecoms hardware.

Driven by the growth of 5G networks and the adoption of next-generation technologies such as AI and the Internet of Things, the telecoms hardware market is forecast to grow in the coming years — the global telecom equipment market accounted for $538.9 billion in 2021 and is expected to reach $967.9 billion by 2030, with a considerable CAGR of 6.9%.

Support for the North-East compound semiconductor cluster

CSA Catapult will also establish a presence in the North East, where there is a cluster of companies working on telecoms, satellite communications and defence technologies. Based at NETPark in Sedgefield, County Durham, CSA Catapult North East will work with companies in the area as a neutral convener. It will facilitate market adoption of new compound semiconductor-based technologies, and build supply chains in telecoms, satellite communications and defence.

CSA Catapult North East will offer direct digital access to the prototyping capabilities in Newport, reducing the time and cost to produce advanced semiconductor modules to serve these markets.

CSA Catapult has entered into a partnership agreement to deliver a co-ordinated programme with the Satellite Applications Catapult to help support the cluster’s ambitions for growth.

CSA Catapult will have a presence at the Space Enterprise Lab and will work closely with Satellite Applications Catapult.

CSA Scotland to develop high power electronics support in Scotland

Based at the University of Strathclyde’s Technology Innovation Centre in Glasgow, CSA Scotland will open in Autumn 2023. CSA Scotland will work with the regional cluster of companies developing technologies for high power electrification in markets such as energy, marine, rail and off-highway.

CSA Scotland will draw on the considerable expertise of Strathclyde University and the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS), offering direct digital access to CSA Catapult facilities in South Wales, allowing companies to rapidly design and prototype advanced power electronic modules for these markets.

Martin McHugh, Chief Executive Officer of CSA Catapult said: “CSA Catapult’s purpose is to deliver long-term benefit to the UK economy and accelerate UK economic growth in industries where applying compound semiconductors creates a competitive advantage…Read more