9 March 2023
The UK Government’s newly created Department for Science, Innovation & Technology (DSIT) has published its new Science and Technology framework that clearly identifies semiconductors and quantum technologies as two of the five technologies that are critical to the UK.
Introducing the framework, the Right Honorable Michelle Donelan MP, Secretary of State at DSIT, noted that “Britain has a long history of leadership and innovation” and that “investment in science and technology is more important than ever.”
The UK is home to the world’s first compound semiconductor (CS) cluster. Representing the South Wales-based technology cluster and based in Cardiff, CSconnected says that it welcomes the recognition of the importance of semiconductors and quantum as critical enabling technologies.
“Sadly, the UK’s enviable reputation for developing technological innovations has too often not been matched by an environment that encourages exploitation and commercialization of those innovations,” comments CSconnected’s director Chris Meadows. “We look forward to the publication of the UK strategies for semiconductors and quantum technologies that we expect to help support the creation of conditions for establishing the UK as a clear global leader in next generation technologies.”
The UK strategies for semiconductors and quantum technologies are expected to be issued in early 2023.