Microelectronics feeds into the success of a virtually every industry sector. The global industry is worth £500 billion, representing 1% of the world’s total GDP.
So, it might surprise that most of the microelectronics engineers graduating in Europe over the last 25 years have been trained on STFC’s supplied and supported design tools.At home, STFC is providing the design infrastructure for the £23bn UK microelectronics sector, underpinning several other strategically important industries to the UK economy.
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Microelectronics is vital to the health and competitiveness of our aerospace, automotive, consumer technology and defence industries. Together they account for £78bnof UK GDP and employ around 850,000 people. The increasing shift to a UK knowledge based economy will boost the demand for highly skilled microelectronics design engineers who are already in short supply.
STFC’s Microelectronics Support Centre partners with 20 of the world’s leading microelectronics system designers and 11 leading design institutes. It provides over 650 Universities and Research Institutes across Europe, including 80 in the UK, with world-leading microelectronics design tools.
Our work in microelectronics has generated revenue more than £75m for STFC over the last 25 years, with over 85% coming from outside the UK. These resources have proved invaluable in funding further research and activities in microelectronics and many other fields.
STFC and its partners provide hands-on practical training courses which move around Europe, enabling the university trainers and researchers to get the most out of the software. More than 250,000 students and academics have directly benefitted. That’s a lot of engineers.