Hub350 is an ecosystem for industry, academic, and finance partners to collaborate and support each other. CMC joined Hub350 as a founding partner and is glad to work alongside anchor organizations including TELUS, RBCx, Salesforce, Education City, and world‐leading post‐secondary institutions including the University of Ottawa, Carleton University, Algonquin College and Queen’s University. For Gordon Harling, President and CEO of CMC Microsystems, the diversity of organizations joining Hub350 is one of its strongest aspects. “Hub350 is a full ecosystem for Canadian advanced technology. CMC fosters innovation from design and prototyping right through to commercialization, so it is a real benefit for us to be here with partners that are crucial for every step of the innovation value chain.”
Among the attendees were Merilee Fullerton, MPP for Kanata‐Carleton and Minister for Children, Community and Social Services, Jenna Sudds, Member of Parliament for Kanata‐Carleton, Mayor Jim Watson, and founder and Chairman of Wesley Clover International, Sir Terry Matthews.
CMC opened a facility in Kanata North in February 2020, to house experts and researchers in CAD software and fabrication services for microelectronics, silicon photonics, IoT and 5G network applications, and mechanical sensors (MEMS). Some of our highlights in and around the region include collaboration agreements with:
- Canada’s Centre of Excellence in Next Generation Networks (CENGN). Notably, the organizations will develop training courses in Python and Machine Learning to develop applications for IoT and 5G network applications.
- Edgewater Wireless, who are supplying CMC researchers with their proprietary spectrum slicing technology to develop IoT Edge sensors and 5G network devices.
- Partnership with Novacene to incorporate quantum Artificial Intelligence (AI) algorithms into the NovaceneAI Platform.
CMC performed a demonstration of a wireless sensor network mote at the event. Designed in-house and manufactured in Canada, this low-power solution shares sensed data with a phone app and it is open-sourced for academics and startups to modify as they see fit. Applications are many including machine health monitoring or healthcare. Researchers may also integrate their novel sensors or swap the printed circuit board for newly developed packaging substrates such as a silicon interposer. This is just a preview of powerful applications that will be possible on 5G networks as the technology scales up in Canada.
CMC has a range of training programs that will be integrated into the HUB350 menu of support for technology start-ups. Beginning November 29, CMC will be offering a course on Analog-Mixed Signal Design Methodology using Cadence tools targeting the GF12LP FinFET PDK. Course participants will have an opportunity to fabricate a chip targeting the GF12LP PDK facilitated by CMC.
CMC is also launching the Basecamp training series. CMC’s Basecamp training programs are entry points for academic and industrial researchers that provide hands-on experience and training for advanced technologies. Each Basecamp consists of an intensive program of tutorials, workshops and lectures followed by months of tool access for design by trainees, fabrication by suppliers, and test at the trainee’s lab.
“We are confident that Hub350 will be huge for research and development of advanced technology in Kanata North and throughout Canada. CMC is eager to work with our partners in Hub350 to develop technologies such as 5G network applications, IoT devices, and Edge computing, and other areas where Canada can be a global leader” concluded Mr. Harling.
About CMC Microsystems:
CMC Microsystems is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1984 to simplify access to state-of-the-art design, manufacturing, and testing facilities for advanced technologies. With headquarters in Montreal and offices across Canada, the organization manages Canada’s National Design Network® – a Major Science Initiative in collaboration with over 60 universities and colleges to connect 4,000 academic researchers, 6,000 student users and 1,000 companies.
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