Southampton, UK Innos Ltd, a silicon technology research and development company, has been set up alongside the silicon fabrication facility at the University of Southampton.
Steve Byars, who has over 20 years management expertise in microelectronics, has moved from merchant epiwafer supplier, IQE, to be the company's chief executive officer.
The company will take part in research and development partnerships for research into silicon-based technologies and develop strategies for exploitation of intellectual property rights generated by users of the Innos facility.
The company will provide a prototyping service for start-up companies requiring fabrication of silicon-based electronic devices, photonic devices, power devices and all types of MEMS devices and micro systems. It will also offer a foundry service offering individual process steps.
Byars, said, “Born out of a significant amount of man-years worth of research experience at the University of Southampton's School of Electronics and Computer Science, Innos brings to the UK market, unparalleled expertise and facilities that will enable UK businesses to conduct research and development into next generation technologies without having to look overseas.”
Professor Wendy Hall, Head of the University of Southampton's School of Electronics and Computer Science (ECS) and member of the Government's Council for Science and Technology, added, “This is a major announcement for the UK electronics industry. We are proud of the Silicon Fabrication Facility and are excited to be working with Innos to successfully deliver internationally-renowned research on a commercial basis.”
In its 1000sq m purpose built cleanroom, Innos has a full processing line for all types of silicon-based devices and a lithography capability down to below 10nm using the latest in submicron electron beam lithography technology.
Byars, added, “The technical team at Innos has in excess of 20 years silicon processing expertise and access to leading edge processes and device knowledge and equipment. We will also be making significant investments in equipment to ensure that Innos continues to provide world-class facilities.”
From left: Professor Peter Ashburn, director & technical advisor; Professor William J Stewart FREng, chairman of the board; Professor Wendy Hall, head of the University of Southampton's School of Electronics and Computer Science; Stephen Byars, CEO; Andrew Monk, business manager at the Centre For Enterprise & Innovation at the University of Southampton,