FABrIC Overview

FABrIC is a  proposed five-year, $200M project to secure Canada’s future in semiconductors. FABrIC lowers barriers faced by entrepreneurs in Canadian companies who develop microchip manufacturing processes, create Internet-connected products and services, and export into a global market growing 6-8% annually and expected to reach $1 trillion dollars by 2030 (McKinsey & Company).

FABrIC accelerates R&D in Canadian enterprises with non-repayable grants and access to the CMC Innovation Platform – a nationwide chip design and manufacturing capability backed by a trusted global supply chain and deep technical expertise. 

FABrIC grows Canada’s semiconductor ecosystem, leverages existing chip design and manufacturing facilities, and attracts talent and foreign investment, keeping Canada at the forefront of advanced manufacturing. With FABrIC, business leaders, engineers, scientists, students, and professors work better together and ensure that the Intellectual Property (IP) they create is put to work for Canada.

In five years, FABrIC will create a resilient and sustainable semiconductor ecosystem, create 3000 jobs, enable entrepreneurs to start 100 new companies, support 150 R&D projects and develop 25 novel industrial manufacturing processes, enable 500 patents, 400 industrial innovations, train 6000 Highly Qualified Personnel (HQP) to enter industry, and contribute $400M to Canada’s GDP. FABrIC will also enable the world-class academic research of 15,000 students and professors which is also key to national technological strength and success. The resulting advanced sensor and computer technologies will incorporate quantum technologies, Artificial Intelligence (AI), photonics, semiconductors, and MicroElectroMechanical Systems (MEMS) and enable new products and services for the Internet of Things (IoT).

Get connected! FABrIC is led by CMC Microsystems along with 13 founding organizations and will bring together 300+ groups, including service providers, equipment manufacturers and component suppliers, academics, and not-for-profit organizations who are Canada’s technology community.

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Microchips (chips, integrated circuits, semiconductors) are at the heart of electronic devices essential in virtually all industries. Canada’s ICT sector contributed greater than $100B to Canada’s GDP in 2021 (ISED, 2021). A secure supply of semiconductors and the capability to design and manufacture chips are critical capabilities for Canada.

This enables a resilient, cybersecure digital economy and places Canada in a leadership position for innovations in electrified transportation, smart solutions for climate change, healthcare, and more.

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.

FABrIC is a project proposal to Canada’s Federal Government with a start date in 2024, subject to funding.

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