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Advanced RF SiPs for Cell Phones: Reverse Costing Overview

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rf sip couvPhysical analyses and cost estimation of radio-frequency Systems-in-Packages from Skyworks Solutions, Murata, TDK-Epcos, Qorvoand Broadcom/Avago

The impending fifth generation (5G) commu-nication technology is bringing a new order to the market. Major companies are battling to provide devices that could be integrated into the resulting smartphones. And even though not all technologies suit 5G requirements, every player could win something in the battle. Packaging could be a major domain where performance, integration and cost efficiency will be optimized to provide the most suitable device. All high-quality competitors are looking for a better way to make high-density front-end communication devices. With this historic advance, it is the perfect time to examine every module supplier and, compare their integration technologies and costs.

To accompany Yole Développement’s Advanced RF SiP for Cell Phones 2017 Market and Technology Report, System Plus Consulting has conducted a comparative technology review. It provides insights into structure, technology and costing for RF SiP packaging of front-end modules (FEMs) in smartphones. The report includes the study of eight FEMs found in three high-end flagship smartphones, the Huawei P10, the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the Apple iPhone 8 Plus. In these phones, five major suppliers, Skyworks Solutions, Murata, TDK-Epcos, Qorvo and Broadcom, share the market.


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After a teardown of these three high-end smartphones, we extract the main RF modules and analyze them in detail. We study their sizes and technologies, describe the technical and economic choices made by the original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) that produce the phones and an overview of the packaging market. We have analyzed the major players, who remain Broadcom/Avago, Qorvo, Skyworks Solutions, Murata and Epcos/TDK.

The report includes a description of each component and important data, including type of substrate, proportion of silicon in the module and line spacing. We also include comparisons for all front-end modules analyzed and a manufacturing cost estimation of the SiPs. Wifi and Bluetooth modules are not covered in this report.






Table of contents

Overview / Introduction


Company Profile and Supply Chain

> Skyworks Solutions
> Murata


Smartphone Teardowns

> Apple iPhone 8 Plus
> Samsung Galaxy S8
Huawei P10 Plus


Physical Analysis

> Front-End Modules
- Package Views and Dimensions
- Package Opening
- Component Distribution
- Package Cross-Sections:
      Substrate Dimensions and Analyses
      Metal Lids
      Chip Bonding
      Technology Summary
> Package Technology Comparison











Manufacturing Process Flow

> Packaging Fabrication Unit
> RF SiP Package Process Flow


Cost Analysis 

> Overview of the Cost Analysis
> Supply Chain Description
> Yield Hypotheses
> Die cost estimation
> RF SiP Package Cost Analysis
- RF SiP front-end cost
- RF SiP cost by process step
> Final Test Cost
> Supply Chain Description


Estimated Price Analysis


Package Cost Comparaison


















About the authors


System Plus Consulting specializes in the cost analysis of electronics, from semiconductor devices to electronic systems.

Created more than 20 years ago, System Plus Consulting has developed a complete range of services, costing tools and reports to deliver in-depth production cost studies and estimate the objective selling price of a product.

System Plus Consulting engineers are experts in:

  • Integrated Circuits 
  • Power Devices & Modules 
  • MEMS & Sensors
  • Photonics 
  • LED 
  • Imaging 
  • Display 
  • Packaging 
  • Electronic Boards & Systems.

Through hundreds of analyses performed each year, System Plus Consulting offers deep added-value reports to help its customers understand their production processes and determine production costs. Based on System Plus Consulting’s results, manufacturers are able to compare their production costs to those of competitors.

System Plus Consulting is a sister company of Yole Développement.

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  • Detailed photos and cross-sections

  • Precise measurements

  • Internal packaging structure

  • Material analysis

  • Manufacturing process flow

  • Manufacturing cost analysis