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Wispry RF MEMS Antenna Tuner

1 990 €

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Yole Wispry RF MEMS iconeflyerPhysical Analysis of the Device
Step by Step Reconstruction of the Process Flow
Cost of Manufacturing and Estimation of Selling Price

The market for RF MEMS in cell phone finally emerges with the first Wispry antenna tuner in high volume production! RF MEMS switches and variable capacitors are on the verge of being the next very big market for the MEMS industry.

Manufactured by IBM, Wispry MEMS element is a network of 64 variable capacitors, integrated in a plastic package (3x2x1mm) with a laminate substrate.

This report provides complete teardown of the tunable antenna with:

  • Detailed photos
  • Material analysis
  • Schematic assembly description
  • Manufacturing Process Flow
  • In-depth economical analysis
  • Manufacturing cost breakdown
  • Selling price estimation


Table of contents

1. Overview / Introduction 4
> Executive Summary
> Reverse Costing Methodology

2. Company Profile 6

> Wispry Profile

3. Physical Analysis 10

> Package Characteristics
> Package Markings
> Package X-Ray
> Package Composition
> Package Opening & Bonding Number
> Package Cross-Section
> Die Dimensions
> MEMS Details
> MEMS Structure
> MEMS Cross-Section

4. Manufacturing Process Flow 50

> Front-end Process Flow
> Package Process Flow
> Wafer Fabrication Units
 5. Cost Analysis 65
> Supply Chain Analysis
> Wafer Cost Hypothesis
> Wafer Cost
> Die cost
> Packaging Process Flow
> Packaging Cost Details
> Final Test Cost
> Component Manufacturing Cost
> Yield Synthesis

6. Estimated Manufacturer Price Analysis 80

> Manufacturers ratios 
> Estimated manufacturer Price



Across the Enterprise, from marketing to purchasing and R&D, product manufacturing cost is a major factor which has to be measured and then optimized. Since 1993, System Plus Consulting’s mission has been to develop and sell the right tools and services to meet these costing requirements.

System Plus Consulting utilizes an engineering approach to cost. Cost models and technology expertise are combined to provide customers with an accurate and objective estimation of manufacturing costs and selling prices.

Headquartered in Nantes, France, System Plus Consulting is specialized in technology and cost analysis of electronic components and systems. During our 20 years in business, we have built and refined detailed cost models as the primary tools for hundreds of analyses. The highly qualified System Plus cost engineers combine broad and deep skills in semiconductor and electronics technologies with years of experience in cost modeling.

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− Custom reverse costing analyses: technology analysis followed by cost evaluation
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System Plus Consulting analyzes any type of electronic devices and systems, with a special focus on semiconductor technologies. Major fields of technology and cost expertise are:
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Our analyses are used by Purchasing Departments to measure their suppliers’ cost structure, R&D Departments to confirm technological choices depending on their impact on costs, and Benchmarking/Marketing Departments to monitor the products on the market.

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