SWANSEA, Wales Power semiconductor specialist, Vishay Siliconix, is to open a design centre in the Digital Technium at Swansea University.
The investment was announced Friday (June 25) by Economic Development Minister Andrew Davies when he officially opened the Digital Technium. The Power MOS and Linear IC Design Centre, is headed up by Dr. Dilwyn Williams along with Richard Davies, both of whom have returned to Wales.
Davies said, “Attracting a global company of this calibre is further evidence of the outstanding success of the network of Technium innovation centres.”
The Minister paid tribute to the academic expertise of the power electronics group at UWS, which was a deciding factor in locating the design centre in Wales.
Dr King Owyang, Chief Executive Officer of Siliconix, Nick Bacile, Executive Vice President of Siliconix and Dr Mohamed Darwish, a former PhD student at Swansea and now Senior Director of Power MOS and Linear ICs at Vishay Siliconix, came from the U.S for the opening of the Technium.
The Centre, which has been supported by a Welsh Assembly Government Regional Selective Assistance grant, will be recruiting up to ten qualified members of staff over the next four years. When the centre starts expanding it will be looking primarily for analogue IC design engineers, IC layout engineers, product engineers as well as support engineers.
The Swansea Centre will be closely linked to the company's U.S. Development team and will be designing a complete range of complex integrated circuits, carrying out initial feasibility studies into new products, and then designing and evaluating those devices.
Technium Director, Dr Steve Davies, said the impact of the new centre should not be underestimated. “When companies like Vishay Siliconix make an investment like this it is noticed and sends out a very positive, very strong message to industry. These design centres play a key role in enabling innovative technology companies like Vishay Siliconix to maintain their global market lead. They create the intellectual property and are the wealth creating centres.”
Dr. Dilwyn Williams has been a driving force in presenting the business case for establishing the Centre in Swansea, supported by the WDA's International team and Dr Steve Davies.
“Richard Davies and I are both delighted to be able to work in Wales and hope the Design Centre will open up new career opportunities for high calibre Welsh graduates to remain in Wales. in the past many have had to leave to seek appropriate employment, often working overseas,” he said.
“This could help attract some of our highly qualified graduates back to Wales as the design staff we will be looking for will have highly specialised, highly sought after skills.”
Siliconix Inc. is an 80% owned subsidiary of Vishay, and has plants in 17 countries employing over 25,000 people with a $2billion turnover.