Québec has about a hundred companies specializing in microelectronics and employing a combined total of over 8,300 people. Those companies are located within 100 km of Montreal, near the U.S. border.
ESO’s Paranal Observatory in Chile inaugurated the world’s most powerful laser guide star system on its very large telescope in April 2016. The set of four laser guide stars lights up the sky with four 22-watt laser beams with the aim of creating artificial guide stars that resemble real stars. And it was a Québec company, MPB Technologies , that provided the fibre laser pumps and Raman amplifiers that are a key component of the new laser system for ESO’s very large telescope.
Numbering about a hundred, Québec's microelectronics companies focus on three main sectors, all related to outsourcing services.
This sector is best known for its R&D on new products for international clients.
Located in Bromont, IBM’s Québec plant is the company’s largest semiconductor assembly and testing facility in the world and its only plant in Canada. The facility transforms the world’s most advanced semiconductors into state-of-the-art microelectronic components, including the logic circuits that are the brain for IBM’s Watson systems.
Montréal company Octasic is a global provider of media and wireless baseband processing silicon and software solutions for the converged carrier, enterprise and end-point communication equipment markets.
Teledyne DALSA operates the largest silicon foundry in Canada and the fourth-largest independent foundry in the world. The company manufactures integrated circuits in the form of silicon wafers, primarily for combined analogue/digital applications. Teledyne DALSA is also a leading manufacturer of CCD (charge-coupled device) cameras and CMOSs (complementary metal oxide semiconductors).
Manufacturing and inspection processes and systems are behind the major technological strides made in this sector over the past few years.
C-MAC MicroTechnology is a multinational company that manufactures hybrid circuits, mainly for the energy and automotive markets.
Esterline CMC Electronics is an international manufacturer of electronic products for the telecommunications, aviation and defence markets. Its Montréal facility specializes in special electronic and hybrid microcircuits, displays and custom manufacturing of complex circuit cards.
Excelitas Technologies is a world leader in the design and manufacturing of complex products such as pulsed semiconductor lasers, photonic detectors and hybrid components for preamplifiers.
With 40 years’ experience in designing hardware and software solutions for graphics, video, imaging and machine vision applications, Matrox has earned a reputation as an industry leader.
MPB Technologies conducts leading-edge R&D in the areas of telecommunications, robotics, space and photonics. The company puts its science to work for many international astronomy projects. Among other things, it provided the fibre laser pumps for the most powerful laser guide star system in the world, inaugurated in April 2016 at ESO’s Paranal Observatory in Chile.
The companies in this sector manufacture passive circuits and provide electronic component assembly services for such niche applications as custom cables, along with high-value-added components for specialized markets.
Operating in a number of countries, including the United States, Chile and Vietnam, Gentec designs, manufactures and markets custom solutions for its clients. The company specializes in integrated energy management systems and designs battery, modem and Ethernet chargers, data acquisition systems, electric meters, capacitors and charging stations for electric vehicles.
With close to 25 years’ experience under its belt, Varitron is a leader in Québec's microelectronics industry. The company is recognized for its commitment to excellence and its expertise in manufacturing cutting-edge smart electricity meters.
By joining forces with manufacturer Varitron Technologies, the French engineering group Adetel has taken another big step in growing its Québec operations. See how Investissement Québec brought these major industry players together to help make it happen!