Advanced RF Systems Laboratory
rfCMC Microsystems (CMC), the University of Manitoba and leaders from industry, government and academia officially opened the Advanced RF Systems Laboratory–the second of four specialized test labs in Canada’s unique $23-million National Microelectronics and Photonics Testing Collaboratory. The estimated value of the RF Lab located at the University of Manitoba is more than CAN$1.9 million. It represents a key building block in Canada’s ‘cyber-infrastructure’, bringing world-class test capability and expertise from Winnipeg to hundreds of microsystems researchers across the country.

Researchers at 21 Canadian universities will use this world-first virtual laboratory and its interactive, multimedia connections to access some of the best available test tools and technologies in the world. Together, the labs that comprise the Collaboratory will address one of the main roadblocks facing university researchers: access to sophisticated and costly equipment required to test and validate high-performance microsystems; a prerequisite for moving new, multi-disciplinary discoveries to market more quickly. Managed by CMC, this pan-Canadian initiative will ultimately provide companies a competitive edge in the multi-billion dollar microsystems and photonics sectors. The future applications of these technologies will benefit all Canadians.

“The Collaboratory brings scientific research into the 21st century,” says Dr. Brian Barge, President and CEO of CMC Microsystems. “Regardless of physical location, researchers will have access to the same advanced capabilities to validate concepts faster, thereby increasing their R&D output and narrowing the gap between technology development and market deployment. Microsystems technologies enable products and services in all sectors from health care to aerospace, energy, automotive, environment, and information and communications.”

“Through the Internet–specifically CA*net 4, a high speed network managed by CANARIE–remote researchers will have the same virtual control as if they were actually in the lab performing the test by hand,” says Dr. Greg Bridges, Principal Investigator of the Advanced RF Systems Lab, and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Manitoba. “Remote researchers will not only be able to control the test equipment signals and collect measurement data, they will also be able to remotely visualize the chip as seen through a microscope and position the probes used for testing.”

For more information, contact:
    Dr. G. Bridges , P.Eng.
    +1 (204) 474-8512