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Digital & Electronic

Rapid advances in technology and speed of product entry to the market place have resulted in the need for the electronics and telecommunications industries to invest heavily in cutting edge research and development and product design. The network of Centres of Industrial Collaboration are able to offer solutions to industry ranging from measurement, digital print technology, design, rapid manufacture, through to wireless communications.


The merger of optics and electronics is increasingly present in everyday lives through familiar technology such as TV’s, CD players, fibre optic communication systems, barcode scanners and mobile phones. The Precision Technologies CIC has experienced a growing need in the optoelectronics field for its measurement services, centring on coatings, thin films and doped Si wafer surface measurement.


The design and rapid manufacturing capabilities at the Engineering Design CIC helped Daletech Electronics Ltd, rapidly deliver a working prototype of an innovative new product that reduces domestic power usage.

The user interface can be critical to the success or failure of an interactive product. The Design Futures CIC has expertise in user interface design, working on projects to ensuring the features and functions of client’s products are translated into something that users find usable, useful and desirable.

Wireless Communications

The widespread deployment of wireless communications is creating exciting new business opportunities. The Wireless Technologies CIC boasts one of the world’s most advanced centres of expertise in wireless communications, with expertise in areas including security, surveillance and secure communications, wireless broadband systems, digital broadcasting and satellite phone technology.

Digital Print

The Digital Print CIC can help to integrate digital printing into conventional printing operation and assist companies in the manufacturing of value-added products using digital technology, such as high quality digital and security printing of RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) smart labels and tags.

Novel Polymer Materials

For the electronics industry, new polymers are replacing semiconductors in electronic displays, where there ease of manufacture and suitability for techniques such as ink-jet printing, means that massive investment is not required to set up a manufacturing plant. Expertise in the development of novel polymer materials lies within the Polymer CIC.

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