Largest Microelectronics Centre opens in Quebec
By Design Engineering StaffElectronics DALSA IBM R&D research and development
Sherbrooke, IBM and Teledyne DALSA partner on C2MI electronics R&D facility.
Bromont, QC, — The Université de Sherbrooke and industrial partners IBM and Teledyne DALSA officially inaugurated the Centre de Collaboration MiQro Innovation (C2MI), the largest microelectronics centre in Canada.
Located in Bromont, Quebec, C2MI is intendedto accelerate the commercialization of next generation electronic products and will focus on the development and assembly of silicon chips and micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS). The centre’s 15 000-square-meter space will provide companies with clean rooms, specialized laboratories, technical services, and office space in two buildings that belong to the Université de Sherbrooke.
“As a centre of collaboration, our role is to maintain a quality environment conducive to research and to develop synergy between complementary companies,” says Normand Bourbonnais, President and CEO of the C2MI. “Companies that become active members have access to a flexible infrastructure adapted to their needs, particularly for developing innovative materials, testing prototypes, or validating designs. We also work to maintain the list of industrial equipment at the leading edge of technology, and we target companies that have a strong potential for collaboration with active members, in Quebec, Canada, and around the world.”
In total, the project received $218.45 million in financial support from partners and the federal and provincial governments under the Canada-Quebec Agreement of the Knowledge Infrastructure Program. The C2MI is also recognized as a Centre of Excellence for Commercialization and Research, which makes it eligible for operating subsidies granted by the Networks of Centres of Excellence of Canada.