Federal cash to aid Kanata-based research facility

A Montreal-based research organization with a strong R&D presence in Kanata has been awarded millions of dollars in new federal funding to help develop technologies in areas such as artificial intelligence and 5G networking.

CMC Microsystems will receive $18.3 million over the next three years through the Canada Foundation for Innovation and its Major Science Initiatives fund. The cash will help support Canada’s National Design Network, CMC’s flagship program hosted by Queen’s University in Kingston.

“This welcomed investment in the facility comes at the right time as innovation in microelectronics, photonics, sensors and mobile computing are foundational for advances in Canada’s digital economy,” CMC president and CEO Gordon Harling said in a news release.

“Researchers need access to state-of-the-art tools at affordable rates to explore research challenges and develop innovative products. That’s what our facility does for them.”

The funding was part of a $230-million federal contribution to 14 national research facilities at 10 universities announced earlier this week.

CMC focuses on developing software design and manufacturing tools for microelectronics, silicon photonics and mechanical sensors and says its design network has helped launch dozens of startups. The not-for-profit organization opened its R&D facility on March Road earlier this year, where it now employs 12 people, and said it expects more than 20 researchers to eventually work out of the space.