Industrial trio combine to help photonics research -

Industrial trio combine to help photonics research

CAMBRIDGE, England — Alps Electric, Dow Corning and Marconi Corporation have agreed to jointly fund a portfolio of strategic research and development work in electrical engineering at the University of Cambridge.

A Centre for Advanced Photonics and Electronics (CAPE) will be set up to link the companies with leading researchers in a consortium designed to address the supply chain in electronics and enable effective transfer of knowledge.

CAPE benefits immediately from money for fundamental and applied research, worth £7.5 million (USD 13.3 million) over the next five years.

Isao Tanimoto, Alps Senior Managing Director Business Development, HQ General Manager, said, “We are delighted to be supporting the work of some of the world’s leading researchers at the University of Cambridge and partnering both Dow Corning and Marconi in this enterprise. We have high hopes of enabling the effective transfer to industry of cutting-edge advanced photonics and electronics research.”

Professor Bill Milne, head of the Electrical Engineering Division at the University’s Department of Engineering, who will lead the Centre, added, “We gain the expertise of three global businesses actively involved in the advanced photonics and electronics sector, as well as new money from this strategic partnership.”

Alps Electric, Dow Corning and Marconi will respectively bring optoelectronic components, materials and systems expertise to CAPE.

The new CAPE building, which will house the research, is a £14.4million project funded by a £12million grant from the Government’s Scientific Research Infrastructure Funding (SRIF2) and £2.4m from the Department of Engineering. It is due to be completed early in 2006.

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