MCM development allows payback period of
3 years and ROI of 337% over 5 years.
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Laben is an Italian company, founded in 1958, currently having
400 employees. It develops, manufactures and sells modules used on spacecraft.
Its competence is in hybrid circuits and ASICs.
Scientific satellites market required customised modules in low quantities.
Commercial space activities, mainly for telecom, is starting to dominate
the space market. It is more competitive, and the higher volumes, up to
100 units per product, require standardisation.
Laben's current standard hybrid technology was capable of power densities
of 80 mW/cm2. Its currently needs power densities up to 1.5 W/cm2. This
requires changes in its standard hybrid manufacturing process, putting
the companies on a transition towards power hybrid technology.
The required power densities are moderate, since power hybrid technology
covers the range from 3 W/cm2 to over 15W/cm2.
The goal of the project was to adapt the existing hybrid manufacturing
capability, with a minimum of modification, to allow the development of
modules, currently needed in the market. A 40W DC-DC converter was used
a driver product to introduce the necessary changes in the manufacturing
The effort needed was 4000 hours. The development started July 1996, and
lasted for 22 months. The planned duration had been 13 months. Development
cost was 162 kECU. 102 kECU had been the approved funding.
Laben successfully enhanced it manufacturing capability to low-power densities.
The Return on investment is calculated to 337% over 5 years with a payback
period of about 3 years. This is calculated on the sale of the driver
40W DC-DC converter only. The introduction of the new technology will
be covered completely by the sales of the DC/DC converter. Actually payback
will be faster, since other products will be developed with the technology.
Lessons learned were:
- The specification of standard flight hardware requires another approach
than the approach used for the development of customised modules.
- The expertise in the Power Supply department and in the Process Technologies
Units needs to be joined by an approach of concurrent engineering.
- Internal design guidelines have been developed, to ensure compliance
with the internal technological capability.
- A process specification has been written, and was submitted to ESA for
verification and acceptance.
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|You can also benefit from microelectronics
MCM technology provided LABEN SPA with the means of improving its products
and enhancing its market position. You can also achieve significant benefits
by acquiring the right microelectronics technology and utilising it in
your product or manufacturing process. You can get help from FUSE to realise
FUSE is a technology transfer programme, funded by the European Commission to stimulate the wider use of microelectronics technologies by European enterprises to increase their competitiveness and enhance their economic growth. The demonstrator described here is one of many examples in the public FUSE portfolio covering the whole spectrum of microelectronics technologies and spanning a wide range of applications and industry sectors.
FUSE provides you with:
- Best practice in acquiring specific microelectronics technologies and conducting full development projects through the FUSE portfolio of real life demonstrator documents.
- Local training and expert support to plan your innovation realistically and help you conduct your project successfully.
Further information and support relating to this and other demonstrators can be obtained from the addresses below.
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