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Leader in Integrated ICT Hardware & Systems

About Us

Impact from excellence

The Tyndall Building

Tyndall National Institute is a leading European research centre in integrated ICT (Information and Communications Technology) hardware and systems. Specialising in both electronics and photonics – materials, devices, circuits and systems – we are globally leading in our core research areas of:

  • Smart sensors and systems
  • Optical communication systems
  • Mixed signal and analog circuit design
  • Microelectronic and photonic integration
  • Semiconductor wafer fabrication
  • Nano materials and device processing

Central to our mission is delivering economic impact through research excellence. We work with industry and academia to transform research into products in our core market areas of electronics, communications, energy, health, agri-food and the environment. We generate approximately €30m in income each year, with over 85% coming from competitively won contracts.

With a network of over 200 industry partners and customers worldwide, we are focused on delivering real impact from our excellent research. Our ambitious 5-year strategic plan sets out a clear strategy to create employment and build critical mass within the Irish technology space.

As the national institute for photonics and micro/nanoelectronics and a research flagship of UCC, the institute employs 500 researchers, engineers and support staff, including 120 full-time graduate students. Together we generated 270 peer-reviewed publications in 2016.

Our institute hosts the only full Silicon CMOS, Micro-Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS) and III-V Semiconductor Wafer fabrication facilities and services in Ireland. We are experts at designing, miniaturising and prototyping products to drive connectivity.

At Tyndall, we deliver research and innovation in Europe with local and global impact. Since the launch of Horizon 2020 in 2014, we have participated in 39 projects with total value of €250m, from which the European Commission contributes 70% and the balance is largely matched by industry partners. The investment in our activities from these projects is over €22m, with an additional €18m going to our Irish partners, including €11m to industry.

We are the lead institute for the Irish Photonics Integration Centre (IPIC) and European Space Agency (ESA) Space Solutions Centre Ireland. We host industry aligned research centres; Microelectronic Circuits Centre Ireland (MCCI); International Energy Research Centre (IERC); the Centre for Future Networks and Communications (CONNECT) and the recently launched CONFIRM Centre for Smart Manufacturing.


E-Mail: web(at)tyndall(dot)ie