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September 27, 2005 10:00 ET

NRC: CPFC and Infotonics Form Strategic Alliance

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Sept. 27, 2005) -

The NRC Canadian Photonics Fabrication Centre (CPFC) and New York State based Infotonics Technology Center sign MOU agreement that plans to bring next generation photonics to life.

Canada's first fully integrated photonics prototyping and fabrication facility, the National Research Council (NRC) Canadian Photonics Fabrication Centre (CPFC), and the Infotonics Technology Center, a New York State Center of Excellence in photonics and microsystems, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The agreement promises a new level of international business cooperation between the two photonic technology commercialization centres. Both share a common goal - to facilitate the commercialization of innovative photonic technologies. They provide world-class industrial grade facilities that "bridge the gap" between innovation and product commercialization, thereby providing companies with a unique competitive edge in the global photonics market. "One of NRC's priorities is "Global Reach" which includes securing strategic international partnerships that benefit Canada" said NRC President Dr. Pierre Coulombe. "This alliance with Infotonics will help Canadian researchers and firms access specialized facilities and equipment and ultimately commercialize leading edge technologies."

The MOU will help promote the collective capabilities and facilities of Infotonics and CPFC. The Infotonics Technology Centre provides comprehensive in-house design, microfabrication and device packaging. "Infotonics capabilities are complementary to those of the CPFC and together we can enable a new generation of photonic enabled solutions. This alliance will provide our respective clients with unparalleled design, prototyping, and pilot production capabilities, second to none in the world." said Dr. Sylvain Charbonneau, Director of Applications Technologies, NRC Microstructural Sciences in Ottawa.

NRC's research in semiconductor materials and devices centered at the Institute for Microstructural Sciences (NRC-IMS), combined with CPFC's strengths in design and fabrication of semiconductor based lasers and detectors, complements the Microsystems based expertise of the Infotonics Centre. "This agreement enhances our plan to become part of a Northeastern corridor of expertise in microsystems and photonics. It increases the services we can offer to our clients, and it opens us to new potential clients internationally. This can only help in our mission to drive economic growth and create jobs in the Rochester and Finger Lakes region and New York State" said David R. Smith, CEO of Infotonics. The agreement was facilitated by Javelin Associates, which has its offices at the Infotonics Center. Javelin helps its clients secure federal contracts, assists them with business plans, and networks with the appropriate constituencies on their behalf.

The MOU outlines a number of objectives, including:

- To collaborate in developing programs for specific clients where
both parties can offer the best available complementary services
that are beneficial to the client.
- To identify opportunities for the complementary use of
facilities, staff, equipment and expertise to conduct
collaborative, joint projects.
- To engage in cross-referrals as appropriate.

The alliance will help companies tap into the world-class expertise and innovative capabilities found at NRC, CPFC and the Infotonics Center of Excellence. With the expanded tool set now available, companies, universities, and research centres will be able to reduce their time-to-market and provide more competitive feature rich products.

About the CPFC

The $43 million facility is a partnership between NRC and Carleton University to support growth of the Canadian photonics sector. It offers companies, universities, and other institutions access to fabrication services to develop leading edge photonic devices. The Centre provides unique photonic device prototyping and design facilities for SMEs. These include both III-V semiconductor compound and silicon-based photonic circuits for applications in fiber-optic communication systems, solid state lighting, optical sensors for the environment and security applications, medical diagnostics and imaging, optical interconnects, solar cells, and illumination systems. The Centre is located at the NRC research complex in Ottawa to take advantage of NRC's extensive research expertise, facilities and networks,

About NRC:

Recognized globally for research and innovation, Canada's National Research Council (NRC) is a leader in the development of an innovative, knowledge-based economy for Canada through science and technology,

NRC's research into semiconductor's materials and devices, centered at NRC-IMS, creates, develops and diffuses integrative and convergent technologies that help apply IT hardware components in sectors as diverse as Communications, Health, Energy, Environment and Security. With its three major programs of Materials/Processes, Components and Technology Base, NRC's core microstructural sciences competencies are organic and inorganic semiconductors, nanofabrication, photonic and quantum devices, thin film technologies, acoustics, nanotechnology and optical components. The CPFC is an example of how NRC can help industry succeed by providing prototyping and related commercialization services,

About Infotonics

The Infotonics Technology Center Inc. (Infotonics) is a not-for-profit corporation that operates New York State's Center of Excellence in Photonics and Microsystems. Infotonics is structured as a consortium whose founding participants include Corning, Inc., Eastman Kodak Company, and Xerox Corporation. Academic participants include some 20 New York State colleges and universities. Infotonics' goal is to establish a unique, world-class research and development facility to enable rapid commercialization of new products. This initiative will provide major benefits to the region, including creation of jobs and attraction of new companies and investment revenue. For more information, access,

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