Technologies used

Analogue ASIC

Industrial sector (PRODCOM code)
    323 Television and Radio Receivers, Sound or Video Recording
RCF S.p.A, an Italian company with 292 employees and a turnover of 35 M, is a world-wide supplier of professional and industrial audio equipment. The current products are analogue audio PCBs and microprocessor based digital control and automation systems for audio applications, realised with standard components on PCBs in THT technology. The market in the high added value active loudspeaker sector is demanding but the company believed that, with an improved product based on innovative technology, it could improve its market share and economic performance. A new generation of products using an Analogue ASIC was developed providing improved audio processing facilities and active loudspeaker controlling functions. In conjunction with a move to surface mount technology rather than through hole PCB the cost was reduced as planned and the sound quality and product reliability improved. These were the primary goals of the experiment. Moreover, working closely with very expert sub-contractors, allowed RCF engineers to increase their own know-how in designing schematics and opened a completely new application field, i.e. the ASIC design for audio. This AE was carried out in 19 months with a budget of 138.7 K of which 45.7 K was for subcontractors, 30 K for industrialisation and 19.8 K for foundry services.. The pay back period of the FUSE investment is anticipated within 6 months while an ROI of 6 on 3 years sales is envisaged The chip might be of interest of other companies involved in the professional audio field (audio processing systems) and precision instruments (noise monitoring).
Radio Cine Forniture (R.C.F.) S.p.A
Via Raffaello Sanzio, 13 - (loc. Mancasale)
Reggio Emilia

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Analogue ASIC technology provided Radio Cine Forniture (R.C.F.) S.p.A 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 this.

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.

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