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April 2024

REMINDER: 2023-24 Activity Report – Please submit by Wednesday, May 1st.  CMC is asking professors to complete their annual Activity Report to measure the impact of CMC’s Products and Services on their research and commercialization activities and student training. The information collected in the Activity Report is vital for federal and provincial funders. Professors can access their […]

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March 2024

2023-24 Activity Report – Opening April 1St  We are asking professors to complete it by May 1st, 2024.  It is the time of the year again where CMC is asking professors to complete their annual Activity Report to measure the impact of CMC’s Products and Services on their research, commercialization activities and their student training. The information

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A fresh concept of Hardware supporting the transition to 6G and Future Networks – Pivoting on Micro/Nanotechnologies

Looking to 2030, the future data- and communication-centric paradigms of 6G, Super-IoT (Internet of Things) and Tactile Internet (TI), will require leaps forth at technology and, also notably, at conceptual level. Artificial Intelligence (AI) will be a cornerstone both on the service and network operation plane, leveraging self-sustenance and self-evolution of the infrastructure. Within such

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LTCC Prototyping Service at ÉTS

The LTCC@ÉTS Laboratory and Canada’s CMC Microsystems announce a collaboration to provide access to LTCC fabrication technology to members of the CMC user community and industrial participants. Training courses, shared prototyping runs and dedicated fabrication runs will be provided periodically to interested users. Topics in this webinar include: ·       Brief overview of the LTCC@ÉTS facility

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February 2024

New addition: SwiftMote Electrochemical SwiftMote is a family of open-source, customizable, low-power, Bluetooth motes designed to be a proving ground for your novel sensors and packaging research to showcase to investors.  Jump-start your research by using one of the available SwiftMotes out of the box or customize it to suit your R&D needs.   News CMC

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January 2024

Canada Feeling Out Its Role in Global Chip Supply Chain – EE Times  Accelerate Impact- Become a member of CMC  As a member, your organization will join others and accelerate discovery and innovation in Canada.  Read more Publications – CMC Microsystems CMC is excited to share some recent publications we have been working on with the

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December 2023

New! Accelerate Impact- Become a member of CMC  As a member, your organization will join others and accelerate discovery and innovation in Canada.  Read more Publications – CMC Microsystems CMC is excited to share some recent publications we have been working on with the community. These papers cover research topics in Quantum, Photonics, and Embedded Systems. 

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November 2023

Semiconductor Leaders Meet in Nation’s Capital to Plot Industry Growth Women of Quantum Technology: Dr. Bruna Shinohara de Mendonça of CMC Microsystems – Inside Quantum Technology  Publications – CMC Microsystems CMC is excited to share some recent publications we have been working on with the community. These papers cover research topics in Quantum, Photonics, and

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October 2023

SILICAN Releases “First Steps For Canada” Policy Report  “First Steps for Canada” identifies key policy objectives to reinforce existing Canadian strengths in important niches — compound semiconductors, advanced assembly, packaging and testing and sensor technologies.  Publications – CMC Microsystems CMC is excited to share some recent publications we have been working on with the community. These

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September 2023

Startup Canada Tour 2023  The final two stops of Startup Canada Tour will take place in Calgary on September 28 and Brampton on October 26! Connect with the Canadian entrepreneurship ecosystem at Startup Canada Tour to build out your network, learn from industry experts, and apply that knowledge back into your early-stage business.  Registration is

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August 2023

TEXPO 2023  Applications are now closed for the 2023 TEXPO Graduate Student Research Competition.  The competition team will work with applicants to confirm entries and then we will post the competition schedule. The competition will be online this year and links to watch the presentations will be available shortly. NSERC Competitions The Natural Sciences and

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July 2023

TEXPO 2023  Graduate Student Research Competition is an annual competition that offers graduate students a unique opportunity to demonstrate their novel applications of microsystems and nanotechnologies to industry and academic representatives while competing for a total of $12,500 in prize money.  Apply before August 4. Details online. Now accepting nominations for The Douglas R. Colton Medal

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June 2023

SILICAN is the Semiconductor Industry Leadership and Innovation Canada Action Network – CMC Microsystems  SILICAN will bring together the Council of Canadian Innovators, CMC Microsystems, Optonique, ISEQ, the Alliance for Semiconductor Innovation, Canada’s Semiconductor Council, the U15 Group of Canadian Research Universities, and the Canadian Innovation Network. SILICAN will work with federal and provincial governments,

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May 2023

News    Amidst Ongoing Semiconductor Shortage, CMC Continues to Grow Chip Designers of Tomorrow | full article “THERE’S A REVOLUTION IN THE WINGS”: WHY CANADA’S SEMICONDUCTOR INDUSTRY NEEDS AN OVERHAUL | Betakit, May 2023  TEXPO 2023 Graduate Student Research Competition is an annual competition that offers graduate students a unique opportunity to demonstrate their novel applications

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Agilent ( Hewlett-Packard) 346B Noise Source, 10 MHz to 18 GHz, Nominal ENR 15 dB

The Keysight 346B is a general-purpose broadband noise source that eliminates the need for several sources at varying frequencies. Excess noise ratios for each 1 GHz interval from 10 MHz to 18 GHz are printed on the noise source. Low VSWR reduces uncertainty from the reflection of test signals. Useful for noise figure measurements using the Y-factor method.

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Ossila Four-Point Probe System

The Ossila Four-Point Probe system is a compact, single-unit probing device designed for measuring sheet resistance, resistivity and conductivity. The probe tips are spring-loaded to avoid scratching the surface of samples. Software and drivers are provided on a USB stick. The software requires a few simple inputs and calculates the sheet resistance, and optionally, conductivity and resistivity of a material with a known thickness.

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Primer for Digital and Mixed Signal Microsystem Verification Flow (ICI-356)

Prepared by Marc-André Tétrault, Eng., Ph.D., Medical Instrumentation and Embedded Systems Researcher, Université de Sherbrooke. This primer provides a comprehensive and scripted verification environment for Cadence simulation tools, which can easily be integrated into or expanded with a digital or mixed-signal design flow. The training material includes a mid-complexity design to demonstrate various verification methodologies such

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Primer for Digital and Mixed Signal Microsystem Verification Flow (ICI-356)

Description Prepared by Marc-André Tétrault, Eng., Ph.D., Medical Instrumentation and Embedded Systems Researcher, Université de Sherbrooke. This primer provides a comprehensive and scripted verification environment for Cadence simulation tools, which can easily be integrated into or expanded with a digital or mixed-signal design flow. The training material includes a mid-complexity design to demonstrate various verification methodologies

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FPGA/GPU Cluster

The latest state-of-the-art acceleration technologies including the Alveo FPGAs, and Tesla V100 GPUs, closely coupled with server processors constitute the backbone of this cluster. The software stack consists of a complete ecosystem of machine learning frameworks, libraries and runtime targeting heterogeneous computing accelerators. FPGA/GPU Cluster Software Stack The FPGA/GPU cluster supports three the most commonly

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Synopsys Technology CAD Tools

Synopsys provides a comprehensive portfolio of Technology CAD tools. Technology Computer-Aided Design (TCAD) refers to the use of computer simulations to develop and optimise micro- and nanotechnology processing steps and the resulting devices. These TCAD tools support a broad range of applications, such as CMOS, power electronics, memory, image sensors, solar cells, and analog/RF devices.

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Comsol Modules

COMSOL – Subsurface Flow ModuleThe Subsurface Flow Module is for engineers and scientists who want to simulate fluid flow below ground or in other porous media and also connect this flow with other phenomena, such as poroelasticity, heat transfer, chemistry, and electromagnetic fields. COMSOL – Ray Optics ModuleSoftware for Ray Tracing Simulations in Optically Large

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Keithley 2400 SourceMeter

The Keithley 2400 SourceMeter is designed for applications that rely on both precision sourcing and measuring. The device combines a 20 W, four-quadrant (source and sink) IV source with an IVR digital multimeter. The Keithley 2400 can perform linear, logarithmic, and custom sweeps for single-event or continuous operation. With 1pA current and 100nV voltage measurement resolutions, the Keithley 2400 is well-equipped for basic SMU test applications.

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Agilent DSAX91604A Infiniium Real-Time Oscilloscope: 16 GHz

The Agilent DSAX91604A is a 16 GHz real time oscilloscope with 4 analog channels. 256-level intensity-grading emphasizes signal anomalies by lightly-shading infrequent waveforms. Agilent DSA oscilloscopes come with 50 Mpts memory and built-in software (EZJIT, EZJIT Plus, EZJIT Complete, and Serial Data Analysis). The three EZJIT software packages provide jitter analysis capabilities and jitter measurement floor of 100 fs. The equipped Infiniiscan option enables triggering on unique events such as zones on multiple channels and non-monotonic edges.

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Stanford Research SR720 LCR Meter

The SR720 LCR Meter measures major (L, C, R) as well as minor (Q, D, R) parameters of passive components with 0.05 % accuracy. The meter can perform measurements at five fixed test frequencies ranging from 0.1 to 100 kHz and adjustable amplitudes from 0.1 to 1.0 Vrms. The device accepts up to 40 Vdc external biasing if the built-in 2 Vdc is insufficient for a measurement. Included in this rental package is an SR728 BNC adapter for connecting remote fixtures and other equipment. Three binning schemes (pass/fail, overlapping, and sequential) are useful for ensuring that groups of components have the same parameter values that are listed on their specification sheet within a programmable error. Computer control is enabled through an RS-232 or GPIB connection.

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Agilent U2002A USB Average Power Sensor

The Agilent U2002A Average Power Sense offers power analysis up to 24 GHz and outputs from a USB connection. The U2002A is equipped with internal zeroing, preventing the user from having to power-off the DUT or disconnect the sensor between measurements. Calibration, temperature, and linearity correction data has been pre-entered on an internal EEPROM. Triggering can be derived internally from an RF signal or controlled externally via TTL input. The sensor can be rented alone or, if being used for source power calibration, with one of three Keysight PNA network analyzers also available from CMC’s Equipment Rental Program.

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Tektronix TDS3052B Digital Phosphor Oscilloscope

The Tektronix TDS3052B DPO (Digital Phosphor Oscilloscope) has a 5 GS/s sample rate across a 500 MHz bandwidth. The Intensity Grading feature darkens and thickens lines representing signals that have been continuously captured. In addition, the “WaveAlert” feature detects signal anomalies and can notify users by stopping acquisitions, beeping, or saving waveforms. This allows tests to run unmonitored over long periods of time. CMC’s TDS3052B has been equipped with TDS3TRG Advanced Trigger, TDS3FFT FFT, and TDS3AAM Advanced Analysis modules.

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Tektronix P7504 TriMode Probe

Tektronix’s TriMode Probes can perform differential, single-ended and common mode measurements with a single probe. The P7504 operates over 4 GHz bandwidth and uses a TekConnect interface which is specific to Tektronix DPO/DSA/MSO70000 and TDS6000B/C oscilloscopes. CMC rents 2 Tektronix DPO73304SX 33 GHz Real-Time Oscilloscopes. The P7504 TriMode Probe can be bundled with this oscilloscope if additional probes to the recommended P7633 33 GHz TriMode Probe are required for your testing. Included in the P7504 Probe Kit is a TriMode Accessory Kit with solder tips, solder, wire, adhesive strips, and marker bands.

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CMC partners with Advanced Micro Foundry to accelerate photonics R&D

June 5, 2018 CMC Microsystems and Advanced Micro Foundry (AMF), a Singapore-based manufacturer of silicon photonics integrated circuits, are partnering to develop a new design automation platform for silicon photonics that will let Canadian university researchers take the lead in developing innovations in light-based technologies. Photonics technology encodes data on light, rather than in electrical

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National Instruments RF PXI-express System including a 6.6 GHZ VSA

The NI RF PXI-express system, available from the CMC Test Equipment Pool, is an 18-slot PXI-express chassis with high-speed controller (Intel quad core, 4 G memory and Dual OS), 6.6 GHz RF Vector Signal Generator, 6.6 GHz RF Vector Signal Analyzer, 6.6 GHz dual 4 X 1 MULTIPLEXER, Xilinx Kintex-7-based FlexRIO FPGA module. This system is an integrated, modular instrument with LabVIEW-based simulation/test environment which enables faster RF test and validation setup and experimental results.

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Zurich Instruments HF2LI Multi-frequency Lock-in Amplifier

The Zurich Instruments HF2LI is a dual-input channel lock-in amplifier that meets a wide range of application needs for test and microsystem prototyping. Not only does the instrument offer high performance, it is capable of simultaneously analyzing incoming signals at up to six frequencies, making it applicable to techniques such as microfluidic-based impedance spectroscopy. The unit is used in combination with a standard Windows controller, through a USB 2.0 high-speed host connection. It includes a flexible graphical user interface and programming interfaces.

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Tektronix MSO2024B Mixed Signal Oscilloscope

The MSO2024B offers four 200-MHz analog and 16 digital channels for complex design analysis. The Intensity Grading feature displays uncommon anomalies in lighter tones differentiating them from expected waveforms. The “Wave Inspector” feature is composed of separate zoom and pan knobs to navigate the oscilloscope’s one million point record length. Digital ones and zeros are color coded green and blue respectively to ensure that flat traces are distinguishable. White edges indicate multiple logic transitions, suggesting that using a higher sample rate for the next acquisition will unveil more information. CMC’s MSO2042B Oscilloscope has a DPO2COMP application module installed which enables computer analysis and serial triggering via RS-232/422/485/UART buses. Included is a Tektronix P6316 Digital Probe with 8 pF capacitive loading and 101 kΩ input impedance.

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Tektronix DPO4054B Digital Phosphor Oscilloscope

The DPO4054B Digital Phosphor Oscilloscope is a 500 MHz four-channel instrument capable of recording up to 20 million points. To navigate through recorded data, installed Wave Inspector software provides zoom and panning features. Waveform intensity grading thickens and brightens frequently captured signals and by contrast, emphasizes dark, thin waveforms representing anomalies. The oscilloscope is shipped with a Tektronix P6139A 10x Passive Probe and 4 Tektronix P2221 200 MHz 1x/10x Passive Probes. NI LabVIEW SignalExpress Tektronix Edition LE is accessible through a USB connection from a PC to the oscilloscope.

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Tabor 9400 Four-Channel High Voltage Wideband Amplifier

The Tabor 9400 is a general-purpose high voltage amplifier. It has two modes of operation, allowing for versatile measurement applications. The bipolar mode amplifies the input signal and delivers it to the output terminal of the same channel, modifying only its amplitude. The unipolar mode converts the amplifier to a one-input, two-output system.

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