National Microelectronics Institute

NMI sees significant growth, announces 250th member

Neul joins raft of new members from 2012 including Jaguar Land Rover, Coveritas, Apical, Visteon, and National Physical Laboratory

NMI, the trade association for the UK and Ireland's electronic systems, microelectronics and semiconductor sectors, has announced a significant growth in membership, with the white space radio pioneer Neul becoming its 250th member.

The organisation has seen growth in many domains including automotive and power electronics, IC design and manufacturing as well as research and academia. Organisations that also joined NMI during 2012 include the National Physical Laboratory, Apical, Coveritas, Visteon and Jaguar Land Rover.

NMI was founded in 1996 as a non-profit organisation and seeks to aid the continual development of a sustainable and world-leading industry in the UK. The organisation has continued to evolve with its members' needs, initially supporting semiconductor manufacturers, then adding IC design and development in 2002 and, in 2011, expanded to include electronic systems producers. This scope allows NMI to connect and provide a home for the many and diverse electronic engineering communities in the UK.

"The electronic systems industry is one of the UK's biggest success stories, adding value to products and services whilst contributing significantly to exports and GDP.  The UK is a mega-centre for electronics intellectual property, innovation, product design and research and has many world leaders. As international competition intensifies, the industry needs to come together and address our common agenda issues" said Derek Boyd, CEO of NMI. "The expansion of NMI's scope and the increase in membership is progressive, helping all members to be successful and the UK to compete at the leading edge."

Neul co-founder, Tracy Hopkins said: "Neul is working at the forefront of TV white space radio wide area network innovation to enable the internet of everything; a supportive ecosystem is vital for our success. NMI is a key organisation in maintaining this ecosystem."

Neul won the 2011 NMI Innovation award with the company's Alan Coombs collecting the NMI young engineer award on the same night. The company was also declared start-up of the year at the British Engineering Excellence Awards 2011.

Neul’s Alan Coombs, Tracy Hopkins and Paul Egan receive the Innovation award from Maxim’s Andy Cringeon (right) and NMI CEO, Derek Boyd (left).Neul’s Alan Coombs, Tracy Hopkins and Paul Egan receive the Innovation award from Maxim’s Andy Cringeon (right) and NMI CEO, Derek Boyd (left).        Alan Coombs of Neul receives the award for Young Engineer of the Year from ARM CEO, Warren East.Alan Coombs of Neul receives the award for Young Engineer of the Year from ARM CEO, Warren East.