CMC Microsystems and The Semiconductor Service Bureau (S3B) Sign MOU

January 11, 2023: CMC Microsystems, Canada’s leading hardware technology facilitator and accelerator, and the University of Sydney (Australia), on behalf of The Semiconductor Service Bureau (S3B), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to promote future collaboration and initiatives to support the semiconductor industry in Canada and Australia.

Established in 2020 following a recommendation by the New South Wales (NSW) Chief Scientist and Engineer, the mission of S3B is to drive sovereign semiconductor capability to support critical industries including health, defence and telecommunications. S3B brings together leading experts from the University of Sydney, Macquarie University, UNSW Sydney, CSIRO and the Australian National Fabrication Facility and industry.  

 “Canada and Australia have similar interests and complementary expertise in the semiconductor space,” said Dr. Nadia Court, Director of S3B. “Partnering with CMC gives our researchers and early-stage start-up companies an opportunity to access the best platforms and manufacturing facilities in the industry to further the semiconductor industry in Australia, Canada, and beyond.”  

Under the MOU, S3B and CMC agree to:  

  • Share information and best practices 
  • Exchange personnel and training expertise 
  • Participate as international consultants 
  • Explore opportunities for bilateral foreign direct investment (FDI) and Research and Development (R&D) 

CMC will provide expertise in Computer Aided Design (CAD) infrastructure and training for Australia-based researchers, offer space to Australian researchers on semiconductor manufacturing runs, and facilitate relationships with supply chain partners.

S3B will work closely with CMC to provide matchmaking services between Australian and Canadian organizations.   

“S3B is a great example of how the governments of Australia, New South Wales, University, and industrial partners are committed to growing the semiconductor industry in Australia. “With the S3B consortiums design expertise and research facilities in nanofabrication, CMC’s experience in delivering training and our global reach in fabrication, we are very excited to help S3B move forward, and learn from their team of researchers.” 

If you would like to find out more about how to benefit from this agreement, please contact Dr Nadia Court, S3B Director, or Gordon Harling, CMC Microsystems CEO. 

About CMC Microsystems: 

CMC Microsystems is a not-for-profit organization accelerating research and innovation in advanced technologies. Founded in 1984, CMC lowers barriers to technology adoption by creating and sharing platform technologies including access to state-of-the-art design, manufacturing, and testing capabilities. CMC enables research, development, and the training of highly qualified personnel (HQP), benefitting a network of over 10,000 academic participants and 1,000 companies developing innovations in advanced technologies. The key values of CMC are: benefits to Canada, a role as an honest broker, and research excellence.  

About The Semiconductor Service Bureau (S3B): 

The Semiconductor Sector Service Bureau (S3B) was established in July 2022 with funding from the NSW Government through the Office of the Chief Scientist & Engineer to enhance the capability, workforce, market connectedness and competitiveness of the NSW and Australian semiconductor sector. The S3B is hosted as a joint venture between The University of Sydney (USyd), Macquarie University (MQ) and UNSW Sydney (UNSW). Partnering with the CSIRO, the Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF) and with participants from across the Australian semiconductor industry, the entire consortium represents a globally networked, cross-functional grouping that spans the entire semiconductor value chain. S3B is funded annually by the NSW Government and the host universities. The S3B will work at the nexus between industry, universities and government and will build connectivity and collaboration throughout the sector in order to support commercial impact.  

For more information: 
Kevin Dobie 
CMC Microsystems 

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