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CENTRE LEGACY: MiQro Innovation Collaborative Centre - C2MI

Funded 2011-21

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MiQro Innovation Collaborative Centre

NCE contributions
$22.1 million

Bromont, Quebec

Supporting the electronics systems industry from lab to commercial production

Quebec is home to Teledyne DALSA, Canada’s largest semiconductor wafer manufacturing facility, and IBM, one of the world’s most advanced packaging plants. The Université de Sherbrooke partnered with these two powerhouses to grow this regional cluster and build a centre of excellence that links academic researchers with supply chain partners to move both academic and industry innovation from the prototype stage to high-volume commercial production. These products are used in many sectors, such as health, environment, automotive, transportation, aerospace, energy and communications technology.

The MiQro Innovation Collaborative Centre (C2MI) was a microelectromechanical systems (MEMS)/wafer level packaging facility. With support from the federal and Quebec governments and its founding partners (IBM, Teledyne DALSA, the Université de Sherbrooke and the City of Bromont), C2MI opened a 15,000 square metre state-of-the-art microelectronics facility where designers, engineers and scientists from academia and industry collaborated to transform proof-of-concepts into actual prototypes that entered the manufacturing process. To help companies thrive in today’s global, knowledge-driven economy, C2MI’s ecosystem offered access to skills development, product certification, resources for market analysis and strategic business plans, intellectual property protection, financial services and guidance, and funding for commercialization.

Among the results

  • Aeponyx, a startup telecommunications company, developed a new technology in collaboration with UQAM and C2MI that greatly improves the capacity of data centres while significantly reducing their power consumption. Given that a number of modules consume no energy, they are athermal and offer high levels of security.
  • In collaboration with C2MI and the Université de Sherbrooke, GaN Systems, which specializes in gallium nitride technologies, manufactures high-power switching diodes and transistors to be used for power conversion in green technologies. GaN Systems developed a part of its new products with researchers at C2MI and Université de Sherbrooke.
  • C2MI worked with US-based company Alces Technology Inc. to develop a product to help launch an impactful technology capable of supporting and even changing the foundations of individual, collective, and universal security. The product targeted many markets and its applications were aimed both at consumers and industries in various sectors.
  • C2MI worked with Semtech Corp’s telecommunications division to develop products that will help meet the ever-increasing demand for faster data transfer and improve the capacity of materials to remain reliable and resist the increasing temperatures caused by this increasing demand.