CMP Europe is an institution that can help African universities get started on microchip test chips. South African university is already using them. It is the cheapest you can get anywhere on earth. US based MOSIS is expensive.
CMP is a broker in ICs and MEMS for prototyping and low volume production. Circuits are fabricated for Universities, Research Laboratories and Industrial companies.
Advanced industrial technologies are available in CMOS, BiCMOS, SiGe BiCMOS, P-HEMT E/D GaAs, etc. CMP distributes and supports several CAD software tools for both Industrial Companies and Universities.
Since 1981 more than 4800 circuits for Research, Education and Industry have been fabricated. 850 academic centres and 150 industrial companies from 70 countries have been served.