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IQE has expanded its Cardiff-based semiconductor wafers business with the acquisition of the in-house manufacturing unit of US-based RF Micro Devices, with the transfer of 70 staff.

IQE has acquired Galaxy Compound Semiconductors, the US manufacturer of antimony substrates used in infrared technology, for up to £9m.

IQE has acquired NanoGan, the Bath-based supplier of semiconductor wafers, for up to £3.6m.

IQE has acquired MBE Technology, the Singapore-based semiconductor manufacturer, for £7.5m.

IQE has acquired the US-based electronic materials business of Emcore Corporation for about £9m.

IQE has raised £20m in a rights issue to fund the production of a new silicon wafer for Motorola, which could lead to the creation of about 300 jobs in Wales.

IQE has acquired Wafer Technology of Milton Keynes for £41m, in order to secure its supply of wafers for the semiconductor industry.

IQE is planning to raise £53m in a share placing, in order to fund the expansion of its compound semiconductor wafer manufacturing business.