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Innos launches R&D operations for innovations in silicon technology

Published: 19 April 2004

Innos Ltd, the UK's leading research and development company for innovations in silicon technology, today announced the launch of its state-of-the-art operations, based at the world-class Silicon Fabrication Facility at the University of Southampton School of Electronics and Computer Science.

Steve Byars has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer at Innos joining from IQE, the world-leading merchant epiwafer supplier for the compound semiconductor industry. With over 20 years management expertise in the field of microelectronics he leads an expert team of engineers, technicians and scientists, providing UK industry with research and development partnerships for research into silicon-based technologies; strategies for exploitation of intellectual property rights generated by users of the Innos facility; a prototyping service for start-up companies requiring fabrication of silicon-based electronic devices, photonic devices, and power devices; and a foundry service offering individual process steps. CEO of Innos, Steve Byars explains: "Born out of many years 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 School of Electronics and Computer Science, comments: "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." From its 1000m² 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.

About Innos Innos is the UK's leading research and development company for innovations in silicon technology. From its state-of-the-art silicon fabrication facility in Southampton, Innos provides industry and academic institutions with a full processing capability for silicon-based devices including lithography capability to below 10nm, using the world's most powerful electron beam lithography system. It has an expert team of engineers, technicians and academics in addition to over 20 years experience of silicon processing expertise, applying nanomaterials concepts to silicon-based devices. Innos has the most comprehensive tool-set and expertise to serve the market with the diverse and complete processes that are required.

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