Title
41GHz MCM Based Transmitter
A Multi Channel Video Broadcasting to approach a new market
Technologies used

MCM

Industrial sector (PRODCOM code)
    322 Television and radio transmitters, apparatus for line telephony and telegraphy
Abstract
Technosystem operates since 1977, year of its foundation, in the area of Television and radio transmitters, apparatus for line telephony and telegraphy (prodcom code 3220)
Technosystem manufacturing facilities are based in Rome and Orvieto with a total workforce of 80 people. Current production relies on Surface Mount Technology (SMT) of Printed Circuit Board (PCB) for professional UHF broadcasting systems; FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) are also included in digital assemblies such as microprocessor controllers.^
Technosystem broadcasting system business is worth of 30 MEUR. Only 12% of the overall sales is represented by the Italian niche; the basic UHF and VHF distribution system market is represented by exporting in European, Asiatic and far-east countries. Before the AE, Technosystem expertise was mainly concentrated on VHF and UHF equipment (maximum frequency 862MHz !).

The broadcasting transmitter is a product used by public and private TV service providers for the building up of transmission systems and networks capable of providing TV contents on a local, regional or national area; the broadcast TV signal is capable to be directly received from a consumer TV set.

The objective of the AE was to upgrade the previous classes of transmitters - based on traditional RF discrete components - into Base Station Equipment of a MVDS (Multipoint Video Distribution System) by the inclusion of some hardware, basically a millimeter wave up-converter and a power amplifier, for the distribution of multiple analogue and digital video channels. In this way, an increasing number of channels will be introduced, digital channels will be implemented, and the covered output frequency band will raise.
The rationale for the experiment was threefold:
1. the up-grade of present Broadcasting Transmitter generation, opening a new market, strengthening the position of the company in relation to its competitors with a new and competitive product;
2. the recovering, in a very short term, of the original development investment;
3. the extension of Technosystem market penetration with a new class of products, represented by cost-effective high-technology down converters.

The adopted Hybrid MCM technology represents the "only solution" to successfully implement this kind of demonstrator unit. The MCM has an high frequency performance due to short conductors, materials more suitable for high frequency, less inductances in the interconnects The only possible alternative, represented by a single GaAs Monolithic Millimetre-wave IC, i.e. a single device performing up-conversion, filtering and millimeter wave amplification, is not suitable for the enormous development associated cost, compared with the limited number (some hundreds) of predicted production units. The AE was based on a 18 months timeframe, featuring a 1.000 kEUR total investment, being 165 kEUR the amount of funding for the electronics. Conservative sales projections lead to estimated payback period (36 months) and ROI (1355% on the FUSE investment; 223% on the total 1 MEUR investment) figures; a dedicated CAD software (Touchstone millimetre and microwave design tool) was acquired to add microwave design to the co. in-house capability, in order to design millimetre products. The main lessons learnt from AE concern the planning of the budget breakdown and the management of the relationships with Subcontractors; among the positive aspects, the successful completion of the project within the planned timeframe, the possibility of opening a new market and the knowledge acquired, that will be used in the future, in order to replicate and extend the job, may be evidenced.
Company
Technosystem S.p.A.
Via Pietro Fumaroli, 14
00155 ROMA (Italia)

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