A MAJOR funding deal has been secured by a Scottish university to help develop advanced silicon chip technology.
The 730,000 granted by Scottish Enterprise (SE) will assist "ground-breaking" development work at Glasgow University.
The Ultrafast Group at the institution’s Electronics and Electrical Engineering Department is recognised as a world leader in the development of new semiconductor materials.
Professor Iain Thayne is leading the development of gallium arsenide devices as a potential additional technology platform to silicon. The significance of his work has already been recognised and endorsed by one of the world’s largest manufacturers of silicon chips, which is collaborating with Professor Thayne and his team.
The work being done by two other professors, John Weaver and David Cumming, will benefit from the three-year funding package agreed by the SE micro and opto electronics team.
Neil Francis, SE cluster director for micro and opto electronics, said: "The silicon chip revolutionised every aspect of people’s everyday life,
but this building block of the microelectronics age is being overtaken by the speed of change - new technologies demand new innovative solutions."
He said the financial assistance for the project fitted with SE’s strategy of supporting demand-led initiatives "essential to Scotland’s international competitiveness" and its "reputation as a global centre of innovative collaboration".
Central to the success of Prof Thayne’s work is the development of nano-scale technology to measure the interaction, effectiveness and purity of new compound materials at an atomic level.
This is achieved through the use of "active scanning capacitance microscopy technology" which is being developed by Prof Weaver.