13 July 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

A leading researcher at the University of Limerick whose family hails from Cootehill has recently been awarded significant funding towards vital research being carried in the development of electronic products, a key industry for promoting growth in the Irish economy.
Dr Mark Halton, a native of Kill, Cootehill, has been awarded €346,600 in research funding by Enterprise Ireland, which will be used to help develop software to support rapid innovation for Irish-based semiconductor companies.
These are the firms that develop power supplies for everyday commercial electronic products. Examples of such products include smart phones, tablets, servers, laptops, desktop computers, automotive applications and LED lighting solutions.
Collectively, this is a multi-billion global industry and a growing market for these companies to exploit.
Explaining the significance of the project, Mark, who is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Limerick, said that in the drive to find lighter, greener and more cost-effective, energy-efficient power supplies, semiconductor companies needed capability that would support rapid innovation and growth.
“This project aims to provide this expertise in a software package, to allow these companies to …

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