CMC Microsystems Strategy Aims to Leverage High Tech Manufacturing in Canada
Can Canada Out Innovate Other Countries When the Chips are Down?

MONTREAL, QC – June 23, 2021: CMC Microsystems (CMC), a non-profit national organization that accelerates technology research and commercialization, has a plan to accelerate high tech manufacturing in Canada, including specialty semiconductors, by helping existing and new companies achieve high volume manufacturing success.

CMC has brought together 14 project founders from industry, academia and non-profit technology research organizations to support the five year program called Fabrication of Integrated Components for the Internet’s Edge – FABrIC.

In all, FABrIC is a $700M program. The program is expected to attract $480M in industrial R&D. CMC has also submitted to the Government of Canada’s Strategic Innovation Fund, (SIF) administered by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) for funding in the amount of 120M$.

This initiative will support large-scale national ecosystems through high impact collaborations between small, medium, and large corporations, academic and research institutions, and not-for-profit organizations to support Canadian innovation ecosystems.

The proposal also details $100M generated as revenues or provided by provinces or matching funding and used during the project.

The funds will complement the R&D programs at over 100 small, medium and large Canadian companies and accelerate their development and commercialization of products. CMC technical staff will work with research fabrication facilities to offer specialty materials and processes to give the new technology products a performance edge. 

Most importantly, the program ensures that the intellectual property (IP) developed will stay in Canada, “locked” into the hardware technology of the new products.

Some 4,000 new high-tech jobs will result from FABrIC’s implementation.

CMC and partners will enhance manufacturing technologies for the globally important subsectors of: 

  • microelectromechanical systems (MEMS)
  • integrated photonics
  • specialty semiconductors and quantum devices.

“These are technology areas where Canada has proven expertise”, said Gordon Harling, President and CEO of CMC Microsystems. “By supporting specific ecosystems, for research and development of manufactured products, we can accelerate the research, enable new start up hardware companies and help existing companies increase market share for new products,” he said.

FABrIC targets niche technologies where Canada has proven research, development and manufacturing strengths. It is a perfect complement to the extremely high volume, commodity semiconductor chip (“foundry”) business which costs billions of dollars to build and only exist in a few countries around the world.

About CMC Microsystems:
CMC Microsystems works with researchers and industry across Canada’s National Design Network® (CNDN). We provide access to world-class platforms for Computer Aided Design (CAD), prototyping and manufacturing services (FAB), training and support (LAB) for researchers, entrepreneurs, and industry. Our services are geared for microsystems, nanotechnologies, photonics, and support innovative sectors of the next-generation economy. CMC reduces barriers by offering simplified access to the right tools to create tomorrow’s technologies. Our network is made up of over 10,000 entrepreneurs and researchers at 60 post-secondary institutions across CNDN.

For more information:
Kevin Dobie
CMC Microsystems

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