Facility accelerates prototyping and commercialisation of miniaturised electronics products
Celestica, a specialist in the delivery of end-to-end product lifecycle solutions, has opened its new microelectronics laboratory at its headquarters in Toronto, Ontario in Canada. The new facility will enable start-ups, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and large original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to commercialise their latest ideas for miniaturising electronics products from prototyping to volume production.
‘Microelectronics is in demand for high-reliability markets such as healthcare, aerospace, defence, communications and renewable energy. As optics and photonics technologies permeate these high-reliability sectors, it is becoming increasingly important to miniaturise and cost reduce,’ said Shawn Blakney, Senior Director, Technology and Innovation, Celestica. ‘Smaller electronics provide the flexibility for lighter, portable and potentially more affordable devices, a trend that is already proven in the consumer market.’
The 1,100ft2, ISO Class 6 cleanroom is a controlled environment for temperature, humidity and airborne particles. The laboratory provides new miniaturisation solutions using bare die packaging technologies. The goal is to reduce production costs, enhance signal integrity, and improve thermal performance for high-reliability applications.
The location of the laboratory is a strategic choice as Toronto is the largest ICT (Information, Communication and Technology) hub in Canada.
‘The new microelectronics laboratory complements our existing capabilities in Toronto including our materials laboratory and surface mount technology manufacturing,’ added Blakney. ‘As we look to the future, microelectronics will play an increasing role in technology, and with this new capability, we can help our customers to keep up with the pace of change and stay competitive in their markets.’