MCM development allows payback period of 19 months and
ROI of 257% over 4 years.

MCM development allows saving of NRE of 50 k¤, a cost saving of 4k¤ per unit, and saving of 18k¤ per satellite launch.
Technologies used

MultiChip Module

Industrial sector (PRODCOM code)
    322 communication equipment
ALCATEL BELL SPACE & DEFENSE N.V. is a company employing 180 people. It develops and manufactures equipment for space: space segments, telemetry command and ranging stations, control and data distribution networks, electrical ground support equipment, user stations and multimedia gateways.

The objective of the FUSE project was to develop a more competitive, (cheaper, lower mass) standard bus interface. This component was developed for use in demodulators and frequency synthesizers for satellites, and possibly also for ground stations.

The existing product is Surface Mount Technology. The MCM-D technology chosen for this AE allowed the development of an improved product. The net result of the development is
- an elimination of a non-recurring effort at a price of 50 kECU / mission;
- reduction of component cost per demodulator of 4 kECU or 12 kECU / mission;
- reduction of mass estimated at a level of 25 g/synthesizer. Assuming an average of 30 synthesizers per frequency generation unit, this leads to a per-launch mass saving of 750g, equivalent of 18 kECU.

The development cost of the new product with the MCM-D technology was 55 kECU as planned. It started 1st August ’97 and lasted until 30th September ’98 for a duration of
14 months, an overrun in duration of 6 months, compared to the original plan.
The payback period is 19 months, and a return-on-investment (ROI) of 257% over a 4-year period, taking into account an additional investment of 235 kECU.

Alcatel started introducing the MCM-D technology early. Datasheets from manufactures for naked FPGA dies, were incomplete, and were cause of problems and delay. Some delay was caused by the FPGA manufacturer removing an old device from the market, requiring some layout work to be redone, and delay was caused by problems with manufacturing equipment. MCM-D technology being a new technology, and the subcontractor not having sufficient volume manufacturing capability yet to allow redundant manufacturing equipment.
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