London, UK A US company is spending £9.6million to set up a facility west Belfast to manufacture components for the semiconductor industry. IceMOS Technology, based in Delaware, is receiving £3.5million from Invest Northern Ireland for the project which should create 52 jobs over three years.
As well as manufacturing, the company plans to carry out further research on super junction technology at the Belfast facility, which should lead to the development of new devices. This research will be undertaken in association with Queen's University's Semiconductor Research Centre.
Sam Anderson, chief executive of IceMOS Technology, commented: “We know that we can recruit highly skilled and experienced engineers in Northern Ireland and believe that offers us the opportunity to greatly advance our super-junction technology research and development.
“This technology is used in building advanced power semiconductor devices that can handle more power and operate at higher switching frequency than conventional silicon high-voltage power devices. It offers improved energy efficiency and environmental benefits and has enormous future sales potential.”
Leslie Morrison, chief executive of Invest NI, said, “This investment will retain highly skilled labour in Northern Ireland, and further underline Northern Ireland's capability to deliver leading edge technology developments in the electronics sector.