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CSconnected 'key partner' in new UK quantum strategy

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Compound Semiconductor Centre's leadership of £5.7M QFoundry is 'missing piece' in pathway to commercialisation

CSconnected, the South Wales Compound Semiconductor Cluster, is highlighted in the new UK Quantum strategy announced by Michelle Donelan, Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology on March 15th 2023.

The ten year plan will fund new frontiers of quantum research, support and develop the growing UK quantum sector, prepare the wider economy for the quantum revolution and ensure that the UK leads internationally in the regulation and ethical use of quantum technologies.

The Compound Semiconductor Centre, a founding member of CSconnected, leads Quantum Foundry (QFoundry), a three-year, £5.7 million project that is part-funded by the UK Quantum Technologies Challenge, via UK Research and Innovation.

Established in 2020, QFoundry harnesses standard semiconductor fabrication techniques to scale up the manufacture of quantum components that are critical to a wide range of novel quantum system developments supported by the UK Quantum Technologies Programme.

Wyn Meredith, chair of CSconnected commented: “Widescale adoption of quantum systems need a robust, reliable and volume supply of semiconductor components to integrate into products to deliver a return on investment on the science. QFoundry can perhaps be described as the missing piece in pathway to commercialisation, and the project is laying the groundwork towards a new UK quantum component industry. We look forward to building on the foundations that we have laid in since 2020, and being a key partner in the new UK strategy ”.

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