Canada-US semiconductor manufacturing corridor is an opportunity for Canada

National supply chain strategy with strategic trade corridor investments announced in Budget 2023 are encouraging

The following opinion piece was published in The Hill Times and EP&T.

President Biden’s visit to Ottawa was important for Canada, and our semiconductor industry in particular. This is part of a larger semiconductor manufacturing trade agreement, or “corridor” which is great news for Canadian innovation and our national interests.

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CMC Announces New Appointments to Board of Directors

Amy Karam and Vanessa Little bring extensive experience to CMC Microsystems’ Board of Directors

MONTREAL, QC – March 27, 2023: CMC Microsystems, a leading organization accelerating research and innovation in Canada, is pleased to welcome Amy Karam and Vanessa Little to our Board of Directors. They bring a wealth of experience from industry, research, as well as invaluable governance experience. They will play a vital role in setting CMC’s strategic direction over the course of their three-year mandates.

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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.

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Enabling the Next Generation of Canadian Semiconductor Makers 

Over 400 chip designs facilitated last year including fabrication of 7 superconducting designs – a world first via a multi-project wafer service. 

November 30, 2022: A semiconductor chip design for sensing pressure inside the human kidney, a chip that that harvests energy from vibrations and turns them into useful electric charges, a chip that is stretchable and self-healable designed as a wearable electronic device; these are just a few examples of over 400 microchip designs manufactured in the last year via CMC Microsystems. 

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TEXPO 2022 Winners Announced

June 22, 2022:  CMC Microsystems, Canada’s leading accelerator for hardware research, design, and development, is proud to announce the winners of TEXPO 2022. Established by CMC Microsystems, TEXPO offers graduate students in Canada’s National Design Network® (CNDN) a unique opportunity to demonstrate their novel applications of micro-nano technologies to industry representatives and academic peers. TEXPO 2022 was held in-person as part of the IEEE International NEWCAS Conference, held in Québec City, Canada. 

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Canadian and international organizations partner to bring NanoCanada’s International Conference and COMSWORLD 2023 to Edmonton. 

Edmonton, June 10, 2022: MANCEF, an independent international organization dedicated to accelerating the commercialization of micro-nano-emergent technology products and services, and Canadian technology leaders Teledyne MEMS, NanoCanada, and CMC Microsystems announced their intention to partner to deliver COMSWORLD and NanoCanada’s International Conference, co-located in Edmonton, AB in 2023.

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CMC Delivers Over 400 Semiconductor Prototypes in Past Year  

In an increasingly competitive market, CMC delivers its best performance in over a decade

May 3, 2022: CMC Microsystems, Canada’s leading accelerator for hardware research, design, and development, is proud to announce in the last fiscal year, CMC delivered chips and wafers for over 400 designs through our global network of semiconductor and photonics manufacturing facilities.

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Edgewater Wireless selects CMC Microsystems as fabrication services Partner

Next-Generation Wi-Fi Spectrum Slicing silicon solutions move to commercialization using industry-leading chip maker

March 29, 2022 – Ottawa, Canada – Edgewater Wireless Systems Inc. (TSXV: YFI) (OTC: KPIFF), the industry leader in Wi-Fi Spectrum Slicing technology for residential and enterprise markets, is pleased to report the selection of an on-shore fabrication services partner. CMC Microsystems has been selected to provide a conduit to North American fabrication services for Edgewater’s next-generation of Wi-Fi Spectrum Slicing silicon solutions via GlobalFoundries® (GF®), the global leader in feature-rich semiconductor manufacturing.

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Message from the President and CEO, Gordon Harling

January 28, 2022: Dear CMC community, I hope your 2022 is off to a healthy start. Thanks to you, CMC is on track for a new year of continued growth. I’d like to share some of our ambitions for the upcoming year, starting with an emphasis on our core competencies – what we do best for innovation in Canada.

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CMC Announces New Appointments to Board of Directors

Madison Rilling and Marjan Bagheri bring extensive experience in research, innovation, and policy to CMC Microsystems’ Board of Directors

MONTREAL, QC – December 20, 2021: CMC Microsystems, manager of Canada’s National Design Network® (CNDN) is pleased to welcome Marjan Bagheri, and Madison Rilling to our Board of Directors. They bring a wealth of experience from industry and research, as well as invaluable policy experience. They will play a vital role in setting CMC’s strategic direction over the course of their three-year mandates.  

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CMC Microsystems and AIoT Canada Form Strategic Alliance

Agreement will bring together the best of Canadian IoT industry and research

November 19, 2021: CMC Microsystems, Canada’s leading hardware technology facilitator, and AIoT Canada, an industrial cluster dedicated to promoting and accelerating the adoption of Internet of Things technologies in Canada, are proud to announce that they have formed a strategic partnership.

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CMC Microsystems Participates in Hub350 Grand Opening

As Founding Partner of the new, state-of-the-art global technology centre, CMC celebrates the inauguration of Hub350 and sees a bright future ahead.

November 4, 2021: CMC Microsystems, Canada’s leading hardware technology facilitator, was proud to participate in the grand opening of Hub350, a brand-new technology centre, 5G network application testing ground, and business park in the heart of Kanata North.

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CMC Microsystems Expands Strategic Links with International Semiconductor Chip Foundries

For 37 years CMC Microsystems (CMC) has provided access to leading edge semiconductor fabrication. Since its inception, CMC has made it easier for researchers and entrepreneurs to design into advanced processes by combining many designs together into a single fabrication run, making it easier for the manufacturer by giving them a single client point of contact with CMC instead of multiple clients and for the designer by providing technical support and sharing the costs of the project.

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Photonics North 2021 Brings New Research, Development, and Innovation to Light

MONTREAL, QC – June 3, 2021: Photonics North 2021, one of the world’s most prestigious events for photonics researchers and industry was a huge success. The event, certified by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) was held virtually from May 31-June 2, and drew researchers, innovators, and industry representatives from around the world to discover the latest developments in the photonics space. co-chaired by Gordon Harling, President and CEO of CEO Microsystems and P. Scott Carney, Director of the University of Rochester’s Institute of Optics.

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Unique Semiconductor Chip Design Course Attracts Canadian Graduate Students

MONTREAL, QC – May 19, 2021: A unique course for designing integrated semiconductor chips conceived and organized by Gayathri Singh, Team Leader for Microelectronics at CMC Microsystems is a hot ticket with graduate students at Canadian universities. No other organization in Canada offers such a course based on the most advanced semiconductor chip processes in existence.

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CMC Microsystems Joins the 50 – 30 Challenge

May 4, 2021: CMC Microsystems, manager of Canada’s National Design Network® (CNDN), a leading technology and innovation support organization in Canada, is proud to announce that we have joined Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) Canada’s 50 – 30 Challenge.

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CMC Microsystems Welcomes Budget 2021 Innovation Investments

April 20, 2021 — CMC Microsystems, manager of Canada’s National Design Network® (CNDN), a leading technology and innovation support organization in Canada, welcomes Budget 2021, presented by Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland. “We congratulate Minister Freeland and the Government of Canada on Budget 2021,” said Gordon Harling, President and CEO of CMC. “The Government of Canada has made it clear that innovation, research, and advanced technology ecosystems will play a critical role in the economic recovery from the pandemic and will fuel growth.”

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CMC is the industrial partner for the first OpenHW Accelerate Research project awarded by Mitacs

April 6, 2021: — CMC Microsystems is the industrial partner for the Open HW CORE-V VEC research project, which will optimize RISC-V vector processors for machine learning, sensor data processing, and acceleration of Edge applications. This initiative is made possible by a multi-year $22.5 million investment from the Mitacs Accelerate research internship program, which connects companies with over 50 research-based universities through graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, who apply their specialized expertise to business challenges. The project is also being driven by OpenHW Group, a global, not-for-profit organization where hardware and software designers develop open-source cores, related IP, tools, and software.

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Canadian Quantum Computing Gets A Boost Through Unique Training Opportunity

March 25, 2021: Graduate students from across Canada enjoyed a unique opportunity to use the IBM Q Hub, one of the world’s most powerful quantum computing platforms. Held online over three weeks, this training workshop came to light through NSERC CREATE programs Quantum BC and QSciTech, who joined forces to deliver a one-of-a-kind workshop for students to learn how to use the IBM Q Hub for concrete, real-world applications.

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Optiwave and CMC Microsystems launch partnership to give entrepreneurs access to leading edge photonic design platform

MONTREAL, QC and Ottawa, ON – March 9, 2021 – Optiwave Systems Inc.® (Optiwave), and CMC Microsystems, manager of Canada’s National Design Network® (CNDN), today announced an expanded technology sharing collaboration, bringing advanced photonics design platforms to Canadian entrepreneurs and start-ups. CMC Microsystems will now offer the entire suite of Optiwave’s photonics design tools to participants in CMC’s VIE Program – the Virtual Incubator Environment. This is in addition to Optiwave tools already being available to researchers and academics in CNDN.

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CMC Microsystems Announces Winner of 2020 Douglas R. Colton Medal for Research Excellence

February 1, 2021: CMC Microsystems is proud to announce that Dr. Kyle Briggs of the University of Ottawa has been awarded the 2020 Douglas R. Colton Medal for Research Excellence. Dr. Briggs co-invented the controlled breakdown method of fabricating solid-state nanopores. These tiny holes are approximately the same size as DNA or typical protein molecules, and allow scientists to study single biomolecules, one at a time. This innovation allows nanopores to be fabricated for a fraction of the cost of any method that preceded it and allows for integration into previously impossible devices, opening up new potential applications that were believed to be inaccessible.

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CMC Microsystems Opens Kanata Facility To Support R&D

February 20, 2020: CMC Microsystems, Canada’s leading facilitator of microsystems research and development, has announced the opening of a new Kanata ON facility to support CMC’s CAD software and fabrication services for microelectronics, silicon photonics, and mechanical sensors (MEMS).

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CMC to Facilitate Silicon Photonics Wafer Runs for European Clients through Circuit Multi Projects (CMP France) with Advanced Micro Foundry (AMF) of Singapore

October 1, 2019: CMC Microsystems today announced that the organization will facilitate silicon photonics wafer runs through Advanced Micro Foundry (AMF) of Singapore with local European support from Circuits Multi-Projets (CMP) of France. CMP will be promoting AMF manufacturing services to its European client base in universities, research laboratories, and industrial companies.

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International Roundtable Discussion convened by CMC Microsystems at DAC ’19

May 31, 2019: Kingston, ON: CMC Microsystems, manager of Canada’s National Design Network for Microelectronics, Photonics and Embedded Computing is convening its annual meeting of international organizations to discuss best practices and enhanced cooperation in microelectronics and nanotechnology innovation as part of the Design Automation Conference (DAC) 2019. The meeting will take place takes place Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at DAC in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Government funding positions CMC for the future

April 29, 2019: Changes to federal funding for science and innovation are good news for CMC Microsystems (CMC) and Canada’s National Design Network® (CNDN), says Gord Harling, President & CEO of CMC. “The increase to the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) Major Science Initiatives (MSI) Fund announced today is a significant investment and will directly benefit the CNDN,” he says.

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Tomorrow’s technologies today: Plastic ultrasound among award-winning innovations highlighted at TEXPO 2018

October 24, 2018: An innovative process for manufacturing ultrasound systems from plastic, quickly and at minimal cost, was among the winning technology prototypes demonstrated at CMC Microsystems’ 2018 TEXPO Graduate Student Competition and Exposition. The “DIY ultrasound,” developed by Carlos Gerardo, a PhD candidate in electrical and computer engineering at University of British Columbia, has applications in both medical and oil industries, and has already attracted interest from major companies.

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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.

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CMC seeks input on technology roadmap at Photonics North

June 4, 2018: CMC Microsystems is pleased to be a sponsor of Photonics North 2018. As manager of Canada’s National Design Network® (CNDN) we look forward to continuing to help researchers overcome barriers to technology development by providing the tools, manufacturing capabilities and expertise for photonics innovation. And we congratulate CNDN researchers who to date have fabricated more than 700 projects in photonics and optoelectronics, including 500 silicon photonics projects, through CMC Microsystems.

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Canadian Centre for Electron Microscopy joins Canadian FACT Network

May 1, 2018: CMC Microsystems is pleased to welcome the Canadian Centre for Electron Microscopy (CCEM) to the Fabrication, Assembly, Characterization and Test (FACT) Network, a cooperative ecosystem of service-oriented labs offering expertise and services for fabrication, assembly, characterization, and test of micro-nanotechnologies.

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Financial Post, June 23, 2021 Can Canada out innovate other countries when the chips are down?

Newswire, May 27, 2021
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EP&T Magazine, May 22, 2021 Semiconductor chip design course attracts Canadian graduate students

Re$earch Money, May 19 2021 CMC Microsystems pitches Ottawa on $120-million chip manufacturing plan amid global shortage  

  Financial Post, April 30, 2021
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EP&T Magazine, February 7 2021

Xanadu and CMC Microsystems to collaborate on quantum computing

FABrIC – Fabrication of Integrated Components for the Internet’s Edge

A Proposal to Canada’s Federal Government

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