New centre accelerates next generation microelectronics

BROMONT, QUEBEC, July 31, 2012 – Key government, industry and university representatives today participated in the inauguration of the MiQro Innovation Collaborative Centre (C2MI) located in the Bromont Technoparc in Québec.

Forged as a collaborative university-business partnership model, the new Centre aims to become an international centre of excellence for the packaging of microchips. Its state-of-the-art infrastructure will serve as a technology hub for enterprises worldwide seeking to carry out research and development on accelerating the commercialization of new electronic products in sectors such as healthcare, automotive, aerospace, environment and I/T as well as consumer goods like smart phones, GPS and other transportation devices.
The inauguration follows an announcement made in 2009 for a $218.45 million project under the Canada/Québec Knowledge Infrastructure Program. In 2009, Industry Canada contributed $82.95 million, Ministère du Développement économique, de l'Innovation et de l'Exportation, $94.9 million, and the industrial partners IBM Bromont, DALSA Semiconducteurs Inc., and equipment suppliers $40.6 million to support the project.

IBM’s continuing commitment to C2MI

IBM is one of four founding members of the MiQro Innovation Collaborative Centre (C2MI) along with Teledyne DALSA, the Université de Sherbrooke, and the City of Bromont. IBM's commitment to C2MI encompasses infrastructure, operating funds and most importantly, people:

  • Donation of the 40 acres of land where the C2MI facility has been built.
  • Technical expertise for the construction of the C2MI complex: for the past four years, a total of 300 Bromont employees contributed to the building construction concept, plus the selection and installation of scientific equipment.
  • Contribution of $11M for the lab equipment that will be used for R&D.
  • A share in the project of $100M over the next five years. This makes up the bulk of the $140M industrial investment.
  • The skilled workforce and technical expertise of 190 highly skilled individuals. These IBM employees will be part of the C2MI collaborative research structure working with our customers, suppliers, university researchers, and with the 20 new professional employees who report directly into C2MI.

Benefits for Québec and Canada

“Stronger synergy between the government, the universities and the industry is fostering innovation and accelerating the development of commercial products destined for the global market,” said John Lutz, President of IBM Canada. “IBM believes in the future of Canada and these investments, together with the C2MI announcement today, demonstrate our ongoing commitment to information technology leadership in Canada. This investment is an initiative that will help the microelectronic packaging sector satisfy future needs in the field. By providing the C2MI with top-notch skills, we are ensuring that Québec and Canada continue to attract and retain the best experts and remain at the forefront in the realm of global innovation in the coming years.”

The project also creates a true microelectronics cluster in Québec, fitting very strategically into the northeastern microelectronics corridor, stretching from East Fishkill, NY, to Bromont, Québec representing over 35,000 jobs. The opening of the C2MI extends the investments IBM has made to foster innovation and strengthen Canada's competitiveness in the global digital economy.

In April 2012, the Governments of Canada and Ontario, with IBM and a consortium of seven universities led by the University of Toronto and Western University announced a $210 million dollar research and development initiative to create 145 new highly skilled jobs in Ontario and a new economic cornerstone for the country. As one of the initiatives under this investment, IBM will open a state-of-the-art data centre in Barrie, Ontario in September to provide the latest advancements in energy efficient data centre management, business continuity, and disaster recovery services for Canadian organizations.

Contact(s) information:

Joanne Fortin
IBM Canada Media Relations

Jean-Pierre D’Auteuil
Media Relations Manager
Ministère du Développement économique, de l’Innovation et de l’Exportation
418-691-5698, ext. 4868

Margaux Stastny
Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable Christian Paradis
Minister of Industry