CMC Microsystems is a federally incorporated non-profit corporation that provides microsystems researchers with industry-calibre design resources, access to state-of-the-art manufacturing technologies, and support services.
Launched in 1984 through a university, industry and Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) initiative, CMC has won international acclaim for its achievements in developing Canada’s capabilities in microelectronics. Recognizing the need to build competence in microsystems, CMC now offers products and services that include microelectronics, micromechanics (usually implemented in the form of microelectromechanical systems or MEMS), microfluidics, photonics/optoelectronics and embedded software.
CMC directs a national program (valued at $125 million including cash and inkind contributions in the period 2000-2005) composed of:
Technology products, services and cash from national and international partners and suppliers
Core funding from NSERC
Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) grants managed by CMC through Queen’s University
Funding from provincial innovation agencies
CMC Microsystems delivers innovative and cost-effective services to a growing community of microsystems researchers that connects more than 40 universities and colleges across Canada, and presently involves more than 2,300 faculty and graduate students. Stimulating synergistic collaboration among universities, companies and government agencies, CMC is a pioneer in developing creative solutions including Canada-wide Internet-based access to advanced microsystems testing facilities — at a fraction of the cost of conventional methods.