The University of Limerick has entered into an ‘Innovation Partnership’ with green energy company, Ikon Semiconductor to develop next generation LED-based energy efficient lighting solutions. Ikon Semiconductor is a fabless semiconductor company based in Dublin, focused on developing innovative solutions that will reduce cost and enhance performance of next generation LED lighting solutions. This research collaboration has been facilitated by an Innovation Partnership grant of €165, 000 awarded by Enterprise Ireland and is fully supported by the Microelectronics Competence Centre Ireland (MCCI).
Dr. Mark Halton, Principle Investigator on the project and based at the Dept. of Electronics and Computer Engineering (ECE), has established strong links with key semiconductor companies in the power industry in Ireland. Speaking on the benefits of the partnership with Ikon Semiconductor, Dr. Halton said: “This is an excellent example of University-industry collaboration that will result in the commercialisation of research outputs for the benefit of the Irish economy; it is a very exciting development for us”.
Conor McAuliffe, CEO and Founder of Ikon Semiconductor, also added: “We are delighted to be working with Dr. Mark Halton and his team at the University of Limerick on this project. As an early stage semiconductor company developing integrated circuits for LED lighting we see significant benefits in collaborations such as this that will open up valuable commercial opportunities in this rapidly growing global market.”
The research is focused on developing new digitally controlled integrated circuits for next generation LED lighting solutions, which is the fastest growing and most efficient source of green energy lighting.