The best software tools made affordable

The best software tools made affordable

One non-profit tech company is giving students and researchers easier access to much-needed tools
October 3, 2013

Anyone with a computer knows how expensive software and other resources  can be to acquire and maintain. The same goes for graduate students and faculty performing research at universities and colleges across the country; the software and equipment they need are often costly and time consuming to install  and configure.

CMC Microsystems, based in Kingston, Ont., was created in 1984 with support from the Government of Canada to provide these kinds of infrastructure and services to academics working on state-of-the-art projects involving microelectronics,  microelectromechanical systems, and other related fields. The organization gives students and researchers access to expertise, equipment, and materials that are  usually reserved for private corporations and their employees. Thanks to CMC’s efforts, the resulting research is more relevant to the current commercial  needs of industry, and the participating individuals more attractive to  industrial partners as prospective employees or collaborators.

CMC Microsystems has also served as the strategic partner and project manager for three CFI-funded projects led by Queen’s University: Embedded Systems Canada (emSYSCAN), System-on-Chip Research Network (SOCRN), and the National Microelectronics and Photonics Testing Collaboratory (NMPTC). By taking on the projects’ administration, CMC allows academics to focus on their core research activities. The costs to deploy software tools are reduced by as much as two-thirds of what it would require the participating institutions to independently perform the same tasks.

Working through CMC, participants can also access additional research tools. The corporation offers more than 40 powerful software suites, for example, that it has reviewed, tested and licensed, saving researchers time and money.