Canada’s National Design Network (CNDN)

Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario
What the facility does

National facility for undertaking leading-edge R&D in micro-nanotechnologies, the drivers of our smart-technology world

Area(s) of Expertise

Canada’s National Design Network, managed by CMC Microsystems, supports leading-edge R&D in micro-nano technologies by lowering the barriers to technology adoption. It delivers services to researchers in universities, colleges, and companies for designing and making micro-nanotechnology prototypes. The advanced devices and materials that are created are made-in-Canada disruptive developments in the areas of, for example, 5G, digital manufacturing, energy management, cybersecurity, and heterogeneous and quantum computing.

Research Services

Access to computer-aided design (CAD), fabrication (FAB), and laboratory (LAB) products and services for the design, simulation, prototyping and/or test of micro-nanotechnologies. This includes microelectronics, photonics, embedded systems and software, materials, and microelectromechanical systems (MEMS research). Offerings include:

  • 50 computer-aided design (CAD) tool suites
  • 600 development systems
  • 40 university-based fabrication laboratories
  • 25 multi-project wafer services available through nine foundries worldwide
  • 450 design flows, user guides, and application notes
  • 80 pieces of test equipment
  • Training courses, webinars, workshops, and events

This infrastructure is available at institutions across Canada.

Sectors of Application
  • Aerospace and satellites
  • Agriculture, animal science and food
  • Automotive
  • Clean technology
  • Energy (renewable and fossil)
  • Environmental technologies and related services
  • Financial services and insurance
  • Forestry and forest-based industries
  • Healthcare and social services
  • Information and communication technologies and media
  • Life sciences, pharmaceuticals and medical equipment
  • Manufacturing and processing
  • Mining, minerals and metals
  • Ocean industries
  • Transportation
  • Utilities

Specialized facility 

Equipment 

Function

CAD Services

 

Microelectronics CAD: Cadence, Coventor, Keysight, Mentor, softMEMS, Synopsys, Solido

Design, simulation, verification, layout, and analysis of ASIC and PCB designs in microelectronics, MEMS and photonics

CAD Services

Photonics CAD: ARM, Design Workshop, Luceda, Lumerical, Mentor, Optiwave, Photon Design, RSoft

Integrated environments for the design, for the design, capture, layout, and verification of optic components

CAD Services

FPGA/Embedded Systems CAD: Altium, ARM, IAR Systems, IntelFPGA, NI Labview, Mentor, Synopsys, VectorBlox, Xilinx

Integrated development environments for FPGA platforms plus design and verification tools and processor technology. 

CAD Services

Multiphysics CAD Tools: ANSYS, COMSOL, FEI, SolidWorks

Modelling, including 3D visualization, simulation and analysis.

FAB Services

 

 

CMOS Prototyping (including process design kits - PDKs): ST 28nm, TSMC -65nm, 130nm, 180nm, 350nm, AMS 350nm

Cost-shared access to multi-project wafer fabrication services targeting commercial sources

FAB Services

MEMS Prototyping (including PDKs): TDSI MIDIS, MEMSCAP PolyMUMPS (including post-processing) and PiezoMUMPS

Cost-shared access to multi-project wafer fabrication services

FAB Services

III-V epitaxy on InP, GaAs or GE substrates: III-V Labs, Azastra, CPFC, FBH, Fraunhofer, Landmark

Custom epitaxy services sourcing worldwide supply

FAB Services

Photonics Prototyping (including PDKs): AMF Silicon Photonics, III-V epitaxy on InP/GaAs/GE substrates (various sources) Cost-shared access to multi-project wafer fabrication services

FAB Services

Packaging and Assembly

Standard component wire bond; single or multi-die assembly; custom packaging & assembly services; engineering support

LAB Services

Equipment Loan – Test: Centellax, Keysight, Keithley, NoisTech, Rohde  & Schwartz, Stanford Research, Tektronics

3-month loan of analyzers, amplifiers, BERTs, meters, scopes, generators, probe station, pumps, imaging equipment, etc.

LAB Services

Equipment Loan - Development Boards and PXI Cards: Xilinx; NI; Keysight

Xilinx ML605 and ZCU102 boards; NI and Keysight PXI cards (chassis, scopes, SMUs, analyzers, generators, controllers)

LAB Services

Fabrication, Assembly, Characterization and Test (FACT)

Custom fabrication and characterization services from Canadian university labs

LAB Services

Nanofabrication Process Design Environment: CMC, camLine

Cloud-based design environment for nanotechnology researchers including XperiDesk-driven process repository

LAB Services

Microfabrication: MNT Financial Assistance

Financial assistance to lower the cost barriers of hands-on, custom microfabrication in university labs in Canada.

LAB Services

FPGA and SOC Evaluation and Development Kits (Xilinx and Intel/Terasic)

FPGAs, memory and industry-standard peripherals suitable for a wide range of applications

LAB Services Software Platform: Heterogeneous Computing Middleware Platform (HCMP) Middle-ware for developing industrial-strength heterogeneous computing software

LAB Services

FPGA-based Development Systems

Acceleration, high-performance/heterogeneous/agile computing and/or processing, software-defined radio, Virtex 5 & 6

LAB Services

PXI-based Microsystems Integration Platform

Multi-technology validation of a micro-device in a system context

LAB Services

GPU-based Mutliprocessor Array Platform

Accelerated processing of algorithms and simulations

LAB Services

Software Platform: Heterogeneous Computing Middleware Platform (HCMP) Middle-ware for developing industrial-strength heterogeneous computing software
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  • McGill University
  • McMaster University
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  • Royal Military College of Canada
  • Ryerson University
  • Saint Mary's University
  • Simon Fraser University
  • Trent University
  • Université de Montréal
  • Université de Moncton
  • University of Ottawa
  • Université de Sherbrooke
  • Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT)
  • Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (UQAC)
  • Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)
  • Université du Québec en Outaouais (UQO)
  • Université du Québec à Rimouski (UQAR)
  • Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR)
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  • University of Calgary
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  • University of Manitoba
  • University of New Brunswick
  • University of Northern British Columbia
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  • University of Windsor
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  • St. Lawrence College/Collège Saint-Laurent
  • AMD (Advanced Micro Devices Inc.)
  • Blackberry
  • Cadence Design Systems (Canada) Ltd.
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  • Deeble Sales Management Inc.
  • Huawei Canada Ltd
  • IBM Canada Ltd.
  • Integrated Engineering Software
  • Mentor Graphics (Canada) Ltd.
  • Micralyne Inc.
  • MuAnalysis Inc.
  • Roctest Ltd.
  • Solido Design Automation Inc.
  • STMicroelectronics Inc.
  • TEC Edmonton
  • TechInsights
  • Teledyne DALSA
  • TR Tech
  • C2MI (MiQro Innovation Collaborative Centre)  
  • Canadian Photonics Industry Consortium (CPIC)
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  • ITAC (Information Technology Association of Canada)
  • NanoCanada
  • Advanced Micro Foundry (AMF) - Singapore
  • CIC -National Chip Implementation Center - Taiwan
  • CMP (Circuits Multi-Projets) - France
  • EUROPRACTICE
  • ICC (Shanghai National Integrated Circuit Design Industrial Center) - China
  • IDEC (Integrated Circuit Design Education Centre) - S. Korea
  • MOSIS - U.S.
  • VDEC (VLSI Design and Education Center) - Japan

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