Business World
2nd October 2013

The Microelectronic Circuits Centre Ireland (MCCI) today announced plans to host a National Research Forum on 17th October at the Tyndall National Institute in Cork.

The forum will focus on showcasing innovative research happening nationally in MCCI. Research collaborations MCCI are working on with both industry and academia will be on display.

MCCI is a national hub of creativity and innovation hosted by the Tyndall National Institute in Cork in collaboration with University of Limerick. Set up in 2010 under the EI and IDA Technology Centres programme, MCCI is led by industry and so the direction the centre follows is directly linked back to the activity of industry both nationally and globally.

When MCCI was founded three years ago there was a gap in academic research around the microelectronics sector. MCCI have managed to close this gap and this year will be funding fifteen research projects through E2.4M of funding raised from a mixture of sources including the Irish state, the EU and industry. In three years MCCI has grown and now has twenty three active industry members and has developed eight new micro-chips. Additionally MCCI has completed three technology licences to companies, trained eight staff who transferred into industry and helped MCCI member companies to create over 500 new jobs.

Speaking in advance of the MCCI National Research Forum and about the three year existence of MCCI, Mark Barry Director, Microelectronic Circuits Centre Ireland said:

“MCCI has come a long way over the past three years. When we opened in 2010 there was a real need for academic research in Ireland to catch up with the fast pace at which the microelectronics sector was growing. As a country we needed to be able to provide the supports required to fuel the growth of microelectronics companies located in Ireland.”