MiQro Innovation Collaborative Centre (MICC) in Bromont QC, will receive a $14.1-million grant as part of the Canadian government's Centres of Excellence for Commercialization and Research (CECR) program.
The grant will be used to attract top researchers and add resources at the centre to support the process of translating leading-edge research into practical, commercializable industry solutions.
To be paid over five years, the grant will be combined with $83-million from the Canadian government and $95-million from the Quebec government in 2009. The investment, part of a $61.1-million program that establishes the MICC as one of five new Centres of Excellence, will accelerate and increase the MICC's level of contribution to the Canadian and global semiconductor industries.
DALSA, the world's leading independent MEMS foundry, is one of the founding partners in the MICC along with IBM Canada and the Université de Sherbrooke. The MICC will house some of the world's most sophisticated equipment for 200mm based microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) and 3D Wafer Level Packaging (WLP) as well as advanced technologies associated with the assembly and packaging of silicon chips.