The Wow! fac­tor is alive and well

Kanata North’s pedi­gree, tal­ent are driving semi­con­duc­tor suc­cess

Ottawa Business Journal - Techopia - - System Update -

Kanata North re­mains on the cut­ting edge when it comes to the next gen­er­a­tion of semi­con­duc­tor tech­nolo­gies. And why wouldn’t it be? That pedi­gree is rich and runs deep, all the way back to Bell North­ern Re­search and the old Mi­tel Net­works.

Take GaN Sys­tems, co-founded eight years ago by CTO John Roberts and Pres­i­dent Gir­van Pat­ter­son. Their re­sumes, and those of oth­ers on the man­age­ment team, are a who’s who of the big lo­cal names in the in­dus­try through the ’90s and the 2000s.

That’s no ac­ci­dent. GaN’s po­ten­tially game-chang­ing gal­lium ni­tride switch­ing and power con­ver­sion port­fo­lio was pro­to­typed in the Na­tional Re­search Coun­cil of Canada’s own test foundry ac­quired from Nor­tel Net­works. When it came time to build and ex­pand GaN’s team, the founders had no prob­lem find­ing a great pool of proven lo­cal tal­ent from which to draw.

Her­itage of the area

But it isn’t just tal­ent – a cor­po­rate cul­ture that fos­ters open cre­ativ­ity has also car­ried over from those old days.

“That’s a her­itage of the tech­nol­ogy sec­tor here that’s still alive and well,” Pat­ter­son said.

Si­dense Corp. is an­other thriv­ing player that’s taken ad­van­tage of cre­ative cul­ture and tal­ent to grow its global clout in the vast mar­ket for em­bed­ded non-volatile mem­ory. Its team pedi­gree in­cludes Chip­works, MOSAID Tech­nolo­gies, Mi­tel Net­works and ATMOS Corp. The com­pany has been snap­ping up good mem­ory peo­ple wher­ever it can find them.

“If you’re a good cir­cuit de­signer, you’re go­ing to find em­ploy­ment here,” said To­masz Wo­j­ci­cki, VP of Cus­tomer Engi­neer­ing Sup­port.

Even semi­con­duc­tor multi­na­tion­als that set up shop in Kanata North are look­ing for more than just an­other satel­lite of­fice. They’re look­ing for a spe­cial­ized lo­cal team to tackle hard prob­lems no one else can.

Rocket sci­ence

Take Tai­wan Semi­con­duc­tor Man­u­fac­tur­ing Com­pany Limited. TSMC has grown over the past two decades from a startup in chip man­u­fac­tur­ing into the world’s largest in­de­pen­dent foundry. Roughly half of the chips found in mo­bile phones to­day are man­u­fac­tured at TSMC.

TSMC’s Ottawa team works on next-gen­er­a­tion mem­ory com­pil­ers, high-speed in­ter­con­nects, and per­haps most im­pres­sive of all, test sys­tems that are em­bed­ded on the chip it­self.

“We have here one of the top groups in the world that is work­ing on stuff that no one else has ever seen,” said Cor­mac O’Con­nell, Di­rec­tor of TSMC’s Ottawa De­sign Centre. “We’re lit­er­ally do­ing rocket sci­ence here.”

Learn more about why Kanata North is fer­tile ground in which to grow suc­cess­ful com­pa­nies and find great tal­ent, from semi­con­duc­tors to soft­ware-as-a-ser­vice, at­ri­oustech­

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.