Multi-Technology Interposer Platform Workshop and User Group Meeting

at McGill University, Montreal, Quebec

CMC Microsystems, in collaboration with Innotime Technologies, brings together researchers and industrial partners for a two-day workshop, to provide an introduction to the Interposer PDK and CAD tools.

Note: This workshop / group meeting is intended for users of the platform (graduate students, faculty), university personnel who plan to train others and support the platform at their institution, and engineers in companies with an interest in using the platform.

Attendees will:

  • Learn about the CMC Multi-Technology Interposer Platform, including fabrication processes, CAD environment, PDK; and how interposer technology can advance research and demonstration activities;
  • Hear from industry on challenges and solutions in technology integration;
  • Provide guidance and feedback on design environment features and enhancements, including reference designs and research use cases; and 
  • See first-hand where integration technologies are being developed and manufactured
  • Receive 25% off the posted price on their first use of the Interposer service which will be available Summer 2017 (available to academics in Canada)


Day-1 constitutes introduction of Tanner CAD tool for interposer design, followed by workshop, talks by industrial partners and ending with discussing features of PDK and reference design example. Attendees will also receive instructions on CMC-provided tools, e.g., Tanner and the process repository for design implementation. The attendees will have an opportunity to learn about the PDK features and the use of Tanner EDA for interposer design. Day-2 will be industrial visits to the Interdisciplinary Institute for Technological Innovation - 3IT at Sherbrooke, QC; MiQro Innovation Collaborative Center (C2MI) at Bromont, QC; and presentations at these institutes.


  • Day 1 (Thur, May 4) - Introduction of interposer PDK, CAD tools, Industrial partners and speakers for workshop
    • Morning Session, 9 am to 12 pm, at ENTR 4160Engineering Lorne M. Trottier Building:
      During this session, users will learn basics of Tanner CAD tool, create designs for the interposer platform. To allow time for all of the material, users will be given partially implemented designs and will learn to use the tools to complete the designs. This will enable them to learn key aspects of the CAD tools in a short period of time while still getting the feeling of what a complete design would look like.
      • 9 am to 9:15 am: Introduction to Interposer platform, CAD tools
      • 9:15 am to 10:10 am: Learn the basics of S-Edit for symbol creation and schematic entry
      • 10:15 am to 11:10 am: Learn the basics of L-Edit for symbol creation
      • 11:15 am to 12 pm: Learn how to instantiate a TSV array, run a simple DRC, and create routes

    • Lunch, Presentations and Workshops, 12 pm to 3 pm, at ENTR 2100Engineering Lorne M. Trottier Building
      The list of presentation topics and presenters are:
      Title Presenter
      Silicon interposer for medical applications Réjean Fontaine, Professor, Université de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, QC
      Packaging of a ASIC Driver and Low-Voltage MEMS Deformable Mirror Technology for Next-Generation Adaptive Optics Systems Colin Ross, Ph.D. candidate, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS
      Compact Fast Optode based Probe for Single-Photon Counting Applications Sreenil Saha, Ph.D. candidate, École Polytechnique de Montréal, Montreal, QC
      Photonic-electronic co-packaging on Si Interposer Rubana Priti, Ph.D. candidate, McGill University, Montreal, QC
      Controlling nanophotonic waveguides that move - a use case for the Innotime/CMC Interposer Francois Menard, CTO, Aeponyx Inc., Trois-Rivières, QC

    • Afternoon Session, 3 pm to 6 pm, at ENTR 4160Engineering Lorne M. Trottier Building:
      Users will learn advanced techniques such as schematic driven layout and LVS, and will also introduce tools for 3D visualization. Designs with errors will be given so the users can learn to interpret the error messages and fix them.
      • 3 pm to 3:55 pm: Schematic Driven Layout
      • 4 pm to 4:55 pm: LVS checks
      • 5 pm to 6 pm: 3D Visualization and open questions

  • Day 2 (Fri, May 5) - Industrial visits and talks (3IT, Sherbrooke and C2MI, Bromont, QC)
    • 8 am to 10 am: Travel from Montreal to Sherbrooke
    • 10 am to 12 pm: 3IT visit and talks
    • 12 pm to 2 pm: Lunch and travel to C2MI
    • 2 pm to 4 pm: C2MI visit and talks
    • 4 pm to 5 pm: Travel back to Montreal
  • Price and Registration

    Attendee Subscriber Non-subscriber*
    Cost $100 $150

    *Note: The use of Tanner tools by a non-subscriber needs to be approved by Tanner. Therefore, the approval to attend the morning ( 9-to-12-am session) and afternoon (3-to-6-pm session) will be at Tanner’s discretion.

    Hotel Booking Information

    Hotel BEST WESTERN Ville-Marie Hotel & Suites
    Address 3407 Peel Street
    Montreal, QC
    Booking code CMC1
    Booking cut-off date April 24, 2017

    Travel Subsidy

    CMC may reimburse travel and accommodations costs for university-based support personnel who agree to support the infrastructure at their institution, and to review and provide feedback on related technical problems and solutions. To those individuals, CMC will provide subsidized travel and accommodations in accordance with the Queen’s University Travel Policy. Please read all policies/guidelines listed to ensure that you are qualified for the subsidy and follow the procedures and requirements.


    1. Subsidized travel must be approved in advance; check the Reimbursement Requirements or contact CMC for further details.
    2. Original detailed itemized receipts are a mandatory requirement for all travel related expenses, including meals.

    When the event is over, please fill out the Travel Expense form (depending on your browser settings, you may need to download the form first before you can open it), and send it to:

    CMC Microsystems, Attention: Keri McDonald
    Suite 103
    945 Princess Street
    Kingston, ON K7L 0E9


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