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Integration of Photonics and Electronics

Organized by Photons Canada for industry, R&D Centres and university researchers, this workshop intends to develop potential collaborative research projects to accelerate the integration of photonics and electronics in Canada. Presentations on the photonics roadmap, on new NSERC collaboration programs and on IRAP will be followed by a short presentation by each participant on their

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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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Starlight Laser Induced Fluorescence Red Module

Laser Induced Fluorescence (LIF) is an important analytical technique used in biochemistry. The technique may be used to detect the presence and assess the concentration of many biochemical materials which are selectively tagged with a fluorophore which emits visible radiation under suitable optical excitation. The LIF module offered by CMC consists of a microscope manufactured by Starlight Technical.

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Stanford Research SR620 Universal Time Interval & Frequency Counter

The Stanford Research SR620 is an interval timer and frequency counter capable of measuring signals from 0.001 Hz to 1.3 GHz. The device is equipped with a graphical output that can be displayed on an oscilloscope and interchanged between a histogram, strip chart of mean values, and jitter. Up to one million samples are used to automatically calculate mean, standard deviation, Allan variance, or minimums and maximums. The input impedance is configurable to either 1 MΩ or 50Ω and supports AC or DC coupling. In frequency counter mode, the SR620’s input sensitivity is 60 mV from 1 to 40 MHz. CMC’s SR620 is equipped with Option 01, which uses an ovenized VCXO timebase.

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Ocean Optics USB4000 VIS-NIR Optical Spectrometer

The Ocean Optics USB4000 VIS-NIR ES is a miniature plug-and-play optical spectrometer suitable for laboratory benchtop analysis and characterization of fluidic and gaseous media. This instrument performs automated absorption and transmission testing across a wavelength range extending from visible to near IR wavelengths. It is equipped with a high-power broadband optical source (top left in the photo below) and standard optical fibre-based fixture to focus and collect light into a standard 3-ml sample holder (cuvette system, at bottom right). Its small form factor and standard USB interface make it easy to incorporate into your lab’s characterization set-up. You may use Ocean Optics’ LabView-based software development tools to enhance or adapt the spectrometer’s control and analysis user interface to your own system prototyping needs. The USB4000 is fully compatible with the CMC Microsystems Integration Platform (MIP).

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Mini Circuits High Power Amplifier ZHL-16W-43-S (16 W, 1.8 to 4 GHz)

This amplifier provides up to 16 W saturated output power over more than an octave up to 4 GHz. The amplifier is equipped with an automatic shutdown that is triggered if temperatures exceed +85°C. To avoid damage in the presence of an open or short circuit, the amplifier includes protective internal circuitry. The device is useful for a variety of applications from communications to test and measurement systems.

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Keysight U5855A TrueIR Thermal Imager – for temperature measurement up to 350°C

The U5855A is ideal for predictive maintenance activities, from hot spot detection to thermal profiling. With this thermal imager, you get 320×240 Fine Resolution. Ability to magnify the thermal image of a far‑away object by 4 times to reveal finer details and quickly spot problems. Also, take thermal images of close-fit or minute components from as close as 10 cm away clearly and accurately.

The U5855A also comes with a variety of measurement and analysis tools to help you monitor temperature over time, do min and max temperature tracking and more so that you can easily obtain heat patterns, dissipation and etc. The U5855A comes with a built-in quick start tutorial to help you get familiar with thermal imager quickly.

What’s more, with the complimentary TrueIR Analysis and Reporting Tool, you can easily import, analyze and edit thermal images and quickly generate reports using ready templates. You can also display thermal images, visual images or thermal-visual images side-by-side for further analysis.

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Keysight E4990A Impedance Analyzer – for frequency range 20 Hz to 120 MHz

The E4990A Impedance Analyzer has a frequency range of 20 Hz to 120 MHz. The E4990A provides an industry best 0.045% (typical) basic accuracy over a wide impedance range, with a 40 V built-in DC bias source. The equivalent circuit analysis function supports seven different multi-parameter models and helps you to simulate your own equivalent parameter values of components.
The E4990A supports a wide variety of test accessories that designed to make measurements simple and reliable. Included fixtures are listed below.

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Keysight B2902A Precision Source Measurement Unit

The Keysight B2902A is a two-channel SMU capable of performing precise IV measurements and acting as an arbitrary waveform generator. The GUI offers four views: single channel, dual channel, graph, and roll (I-t or V-t curves). The B2902A supports four-quadrant measurements and standard built-in sweep procedures (linear, logarithmic, single and double sweep functions) DC or pulsed.

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Keysight N9914A FieldFox 6.5 GHz Combination Analyzer (Cable, Antenna, VNA)

The Keysight FieldFox Combination Analyzer can be used with CMC’s Keysight Materials Meaurement Suite and Dielectric Probe Kit to test the permittivity of liquids and semi-solids up to 6.5GHz and using the coaxial probe method. This unit may also be used as a standalone VNA for cable and antenna testing, and comes in a portable, robust, battery operated package & carrying case. The unit’s included options allow for transmission/reflection measurements and time domain measurements. Additional measurement personalities can be added upon request.

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Materials Measurement Suite and Dielectric Probe Kit

This software and hardware bundle automates permittivity and permeability measurements using the coaxial probe method in conjunction with a Keysight network analyzer such as a CMC loanable Keysight FieldFox portable RF Analyzer or the 26GHz Keysight M9375A multiport VNA. The Materials Measurement Suite is used to control the analyzer and measure the material’s response to radio frequencies from 10MHz to 50GHz depending on the combination of analyzer and probes used.

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