- The advisory panel includes prominent names like former Dialog CEO Jalal Bagherli, Dr. Eben Upton of Raspberry Pi, and academia’s Prof. John.
- Start-ups across the UK are encouraged to apply for the nine-month incubator process
Today, in a pivotal move to fortify the UK’s semiconductor industry, Technology Minister Paul Scully chaired the inaugural meeting of the government’s Semiconductor Advisory Panel. Comprising industry titans, including former Dialog CEO Jalal Bagherli, Janet Collyer – Senior Independent Director at EnSilica, Independent NED at the UK Aerospace Technology, Dr Eben Upton – CEO, Raspberry Pi, etc., and academic experts, the panel is tasked with enhancing domestic capabilities, ensuring chip supply, and safeguarding national security. This announcement also marks the launch of the UK’s first semiconductor design incubator, aimed at bolstering early-stage companies.
The newly formed panel boasts an impressive group of leaders from various facets of the industry, united with a common goal of strengthening the semiconductor sector. In parallel to the panel’s launch, the government revealed the pilot scheme of the nation’s first semiconductor design incubator. Silicon Catalyst. UK will run this nine-month program, providing technical and business support to UK-based semiconductor start-ups.
“The collaboration between government and industry is essential for the growth and resilience of our semiconductor sector,” Bagherli said, highlighting the panel’s key role.
“This incubator is a beacon for innovation, providing the catalyst for growth in the semiconductor space,” remarked Americo Lemos, CEO of IQE.
With the establishment of the Semiconductor Advisory Panel and the incubator, the UK aims to make a bold statement in the global semiconductor landscape. These initiatives align with the broader goals of enhancing technological capabilities and fostering collaboration within the industry, reflecting a strategic push towards a sustainable and innovative future.
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