The Impact of Electronics
Electronics have had a major impact on modern society.
From affordable mobile gadgets with more power than the last
generations PC’s, to medical instruments that have saved countless
This pervasiveness makes the Electronics sector of vital
importance to the world’s economies and the UK is no exception with
an Electronics industry worth £23 billion.
Here in Scotland the Electronics industry accounts for 14% of
our national GDP and 430,000 jobs.
The Edinburgh region is a major player in this key sector as a
home to heavyweight commercial organisations as well as
world-leading academics and researchers.
Micro-electro-mechanical Systems (MEMS) are found in many of the
electronic instruments that define modern society.
From internationally renowned research into the design,
manufacture and packaging of these components to state-of-the-art
commercial facilities and industry leaders, Edinburgh is at the
heart of Scotland’s microelectronics industry.
Lighting the Way
Light finds its place in the Electronics industry by providing
an alternative to the electron in signal transmission.
Scotland has a long and distinguished track record in the field
of optics and photonics research.
This expertise is being put to use in Edinburgh to investigate
and develop the latest in lasers and optoelectronics devices and
Wireless and Mobile
Wireless and mobile technology is one of the
fastest growing and most dynamic sectors in the world.
With its reputation for innovation, Scotland
is rapidly building a wealth of talent and expertise in this
Key developments in Edinburgh include “green”
radio and bringing wireless broadband to rural areas.
The first electronic devices were analogue in
nature and analogue systems are still found in practically every
All stages in an analogue systems development
are represented in Edinburgh from cutting-edge research and the
training of the next generation of analogue system designers to
industry leading manufacturers...