LONDON Cambridge University Electrical Engineering department has completed and equipped a new research facility for the development of emerging technologies across a variety of markets, including optoelectronics, nanoelectronics and displays.
Located on the University’s science and technology campus, the facility comes as a result of nearly two years of collaboration between the University and the Centre for Advanced Photonics and Electronics’ (CAPE) member companies. This new facility will be the home of the CAPE consortium and the focus for the research portfolio it supports.
Founded in 2004, CAPE is a partnership between Dow Corning, optoelectronics component supplier ALPS Electric Co. Ltd., optical systems firm Marconi/Ericsson, and Advance Nanotech, a nanotechnology-focused business incubation company.
Together with the University of Cambridge, CAPE is developing new photonics and electronics technologies, applications and business opportunities. The CAPE facility comprises over 4,800 square meters of research and laboratory space, and includes a cleanroom equipped with dedicated process, assembly, test and measurement tools.
“The opening of this facility represents an important milestone for the CAPE consortium. By collaborating together in a strategic, pre-competitive environment, CAPE partners will gain access to research results that would be virtually impossible for any one of us to fund or accomplish alone,” said Gregg Zank, chief technology officer of Dow Corning.
Dow Corning has supported a diverse range of CAPE research projects, from optical waveguides and optical interconnects for advanced data and communication to advanced functional optical element materials to emerging display technologies. As part of the company’s participation in the consortium, Dow Corning has embedded one of its top scientists, Dr. Terry Clapp, at the CAPE facility.