60 GHz Transceiver
Smaller and cheaper unit using an MMIC
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Industrial sector (PRODCOM code)
    332 Instruments for measuring, checking, testing, etc.
Farran Technology Ltd. (22 employees, 1.88 mECU turnover) designs and manufactures components and subsystems for the mm-wave market. The company sells primarily to systems companies involved in telecommunications and sensing applications. Farran's commitment to quality in all aspects of its business activities is demonstrated by its ISO-9001 accreditation. Farran's existing product range is mainly waveguide based, and the objective of this project has been to develop a MMIC chips set replacement for a waveguide transceiver product.

The transceiver provides both transmit and receive functionality in communication system front-ends for use in the frequency range 57.2GHz to 58.2GHz. The MMIC based design introduces the potential for a lower cost (estimated 20% cost reduction), smaller size and possibly more reliable product. A by-product of this particular development is the experience gained to Farran in the areas of MMIC design, MMIC packaging and testing. These capabilities add considerably to Farran's range of mm-wave expertise.

The total cost of the application experiment was 187 kECU, and it was completed in 18 months (from the date of contract signoff). The benefits of the work have been both economic (potential for increased business due to lower manufacturing costs in volume), and technological (the experience acquired with MMICs provides Farran with new options when considering new product development strategies). Valuable lessons have been learned in terms of approaching key development projects in a systematic way, ensuring that both economic and market considerations, as well as the more obvious technical issues, are assessed. Furthermore, Farran are now able to design and package mm-wave MMICs.

The expected payback period is 16 months with a return on investment of 700% of the initial investment for a product lifetime of 5 years.
Farran Technology Ltd.
Ballincollig, Co.
Cork, Ireland.

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