Plessey wins AMSCI grant to support transition to 8-inch GaN-on-Silicon production

Plessey Semiconductors announced that it will be leading a £1.3 million UK government funded project to accelerate high volume manufacturing of Plessey’s innovative LEDs created with GaN-on-Silicon technology

Plessey Semiconductors announced today that it will be leading a £1.3 million government funded project in conjunction with AIXTRON Ltd and Bruker Nano Surfaces Division. This project will accelerate high volume manufacturing of Plessey’s innovative LEDs created with GaN-on-Silicon technology at its Devon based manufacturing site.

In accordance with a press release issued on 26th March 2015 from the UK department for Business, Innovation and Skills, twenty supply chain projects from across the country will benefit from a total of £67 million of government investment. There is £109 million being invested in the same projects by industry.

Dr. Keith Strickland, Plessey CTO, said, “This project supports the work we have ongoing with AIXTRON and Bruker to further increase the yield of our GaN-on-Silicon process. These improvements are required as part of our move to 200mm (8-inch) silicon substrates. A 200mm (8-inch) wafer has almost twice the usable area of our existing 150mm (6-inch) wafers and therefore will almost double the number of LEDs produced for the same relative cost.”

Plessey’s MaGIC™ (Manufactured on GaN-on-Silicon I/C) High Brightness LED (HBLED) technology has won numerous awards for its innovation and ability to cut the cost of LED lighting by using standard silicon manufacturing techniques. For further information and datasheets, please visit or email

About Plessey

Plessey is a leading expert in the development and manufacture of semiconductor products used in sensing, measurement and control applications. Plessey’s products are found in a wide range of markets including communications, manufacturing, medical, defence and aerospace. Plessey designs products for high performance applications and its range of integrated products includes CMOS image sensors, low and mid-power LEDs, Hall Effect devices and its award-winning EPIC electric potential sensors. Using its understanding of electronics and expertise in micro-electronic product design and manufacture, Plessey is radically enhancing the human experience with micro-electronics solutions such that people achieve more than they thought possible. Plessey is a UK based manufacturer with offices around the US, Europe and Asia.

Contact Information

Plessey Semiconductors Ltd.

Tamerton Road, Roborough
Plymouth, Devon, PL6 7BQ
United Kingdom

tele: +44 1752 693000
fax: +44 1752 693000

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