MCCI publishes its Annual Report 2019 today, setting out its activities and achievements over the past year. Based at Tyndall National Institute and funded by Enterprise Ireland and the IDA, MCCI was founded to deliver high impact circuits research for the semiconductor industry. The centre generates annual research funding in excess of €8.1million with a research team of over 90 people across the six Universities in Ireland engaged in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. Presently the centre is engaged in over 50 research projects.
One of the key successes highlighted in the report, is how MCCI has become a source of talented and experienced researchers for industry know-how and IP. The report showcases the level of expertise from the professors, principal investigators, senior researchers and students who consistently work on ground breaking circuit research.
The centre continues to scale research capacity aggressively, which is leading to Ireland becoming one of the top destinations for attracting foreign direct investment. Over the next five years MCCI will continue to grow and as Donnacha O’ Riordan, Executive Director MCCI explains “after extensive consultation and engagement with our members, we have submitted a funding proposal to Enterprise Ireland for the next phase of the centre. Negotiations are at the final stages and it is anticipated that a positive outcome will be announced shortly. We are in a unique position to bridge the gap between industry and academia, and to move apace with industry growth.”
Major industry growth drivers continue to be emerging architectures for security and AI, as there has been a proliferation of complex electronic devices especially in automotive and medtech applications, and a growing amount of semiconductor content per device.
MCCI’s growth plans are consistent with national strategies such as Innovation 2020, the National Development Plan 2018-2027 and Future Skills Needs 2017-2022, this is where MCCI excel at meeting the critical needs of industry.The on-going collaboration and specialist ecosystem that has been developed allows a team of world-class researchers and postgraduate students to deliver excellent application driven research. This has contributed to positioning Ireland as a global location for microelectronics companies, thereby contributing hugely to the vibrant microelectronics industry.
Read the full report here to discover all our research achievements and industry successes in 2019.