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National Research Council Canada-NRC

July 22, 2005 14:18 ET

NRC Delivers its Largest Ever Photonic Wafer Order

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - July 22, 2005) -

Canada's first fully integrated photonics prototyping and fabrication facility, the CPFC, ships in record time to industry leader.

The National Research Council's newly opened Canadian Photonics Fabrication Centre (CPFC) made its first significant shipment of photonic wafers to one of the world's largest manufacturers of lasers only 5 weeks after its official opening.

"This is a significant milestone for the CPFC given the size of the shipment and the speed at which the facility was able to turn around our client's request for commercial grade prototypes", said Dr. Sylvain Charbonneau, Director of Applications Technologies for the NRC Microstructural Sciences in Ottawa. The Centre is the only facility of its kind in Canada, helping firms tap into the established world-class expertise and innovative capabilities of NRC. "We were asked to provide commercial grade wafers in days rather than weeks as is typically the case when dealing with advanced laser fabrication, and the team delivered", said Dr. Charbonneau.

By helping to reduce time-to-market, the facility is providing companies with a competitive edge, facilitating their success in the global market place. "The CPFC is an excellent example of what NRC and its partners in industry are doing to "bridge the gap" between research ideas and product commercialization, contributing scientific expertise and facilities to the growth of the photonics sector. This clearly demonstrates NRC's focus on combining research excellence, industrial relevance and economic benefit for Canada", said Dr. Pierre Coulombe, President of the NRC.

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. The Centre provides 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 NRC laboratories in Ottawa to take advantage of NRC's extensive research expertise, facilities and networks.

About NRC - Institute for Microstructural Sciences

Taking advantage of the opportunities emerging from the convergence of physical and biological sciences, the role of NRC Institute for Microstructural Sciences is to provide leadership, working in collaboration with industry and universities, in the development of emerging technologies related to future hardware requirements for information, acquisition, processing, transmission, storage and display. NRC encourages industrial innovation and assists economic development through research and development of enabling technologies. With the three major programs of Materials/Processes, Components and Technology Base, the core competencies of NRC Institute for Microstructural Sciences are organic and inorganic semiconductors, nanofabrication, photonic and quantum devices, thin film technologies, acoustics, nanotechnology and optical components.

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.

About Carleton University:

Carleton University is a dynamic, interdisciplinary research institution located in Ottawa-Canada's capital. Carleton has outstanding programs in natural sciences, engineering, arts, and public administration and has realized partnerships with numerous public and private sector organizations. Its strengths have led to international recognition for its faculty, as well as an ability to attract the best and brightest students. Carleton University's research enterprise provides leadership to the conduct of research, scholarship, and creative activity at the University.

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