LONDON Xanic Ltd. (Glasgow, Scotland), a company formed to commercialize high-frequency compound semiconductor process technology and transistors, is set to receive up to £280,000 (about $570,000) of investment from IP Group plc (London) alongside up to £120,000 (about $250,000) from the Glasgow and Strathclyde University Synergy Fund.
Xanic intends to commercialize 50-nm GaAs mHEMT technology developed at the University of Glasgow's Electrical and Electronics Department and design and manufacture ICs operating in the 50-GHz to 500-GHz frequency band.
Over the last 10 years, a team, led by Professor Iain Thayne and Khaled Elgaid at the University of Glasgow’s Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, has been researching high frequency semiconductor materials and process technologies.
Xanic's first product is set to be a 94-GHz low noise amplifier with applications in a range of security systems where boosting the speed and quality of images is key to widespread deployment. Manufacturing is expected to be done at the James Watt Nanofabrication Centre (see March 21 story).
"Xanic is representative of almost 30 years of nanotechnology research in Glasgow and in the last 10 years, of turning some of that technology into high-performance electronic devices," said Professor Steve Beaumont, vice president of research and enterprise at Glasgow University in a statement issued by IP Group plc.
"There is a huge amount of commercial interest in XanIC’s technology and products, which will deliver a step change in the cost and performance of next-generation security systems," said Nick Wood, chief executive officer of Xanic in the same statement.
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