The Compound Semiconductor Centre (CSC) reported that InnovateUK has awarded the center a collaborative research and development project. Project CS MAGIC: (Compound Semiconductor MAGnetic Integrated Circuits) will target the development of new ultra-sensitive magneto-sensors with integrated electronics. The CS MAGIC project will employ core magnetic sensing technology using the Gallium Arsenide Quantum Well Hall Effect (QWHE) developed by Professor Mohamed Missous, founder of Advanced Hall Sensors Ltd (AHS).
Magneto sensors are a unique Gallium Nitride device based on the magnetic high electron mobility transistor (‘magHEMT’) concept hat Dr. Petar Igic at Swansea University developed.
CSC, AHS, TWI, and Swansea University to Collaborate on CS MAGIC Project
The consortium made up of CSC of Cardiff, AHS ltd of Manchester, TWI of Port Talbot, Renishaw of Edinburgh and Swansea University plan to work together to provide commercial-grade sensing solutions. These sensing solutions will go into a range of technologically challenging applications in automotive current sensing, high-resolution metrology, security screening applications, and non-destructive inspection and test applications.
Professor Missous, inventor of the QWHE technology, commented, “AHS has had considerable success in commercialising the core technology with over 15 million discrete sensors shipped to date, and this project will extend the functionality of sensing platform for harsh environment and ultra-wide dynamic range requirements to service a $3B market in magnetic sensing solutions.”
CSC Director, Dr. Wyn Meredith said, “This project will deliver an ‘all UK’ developed and manufactured solution which leverages world-class compound semiconductor materials and device expertise in the consortium matched with the deep applications understanding of TWI and Renishaw.”