MEMS costing tool calculates price structure of MEMS designs

November 21, 2011 — System Plus Consulting releases MEMS CoSim+ V3.0, a comprehensive simulation tool for the non-standard manufacturing process of micro electro mechanical system (MEMS) devices. The tool was developed in collaboration with Yole Développement.

The system helps MEMS designers estimate the cost of manufacturing various MEMS sensor types. It helps users determine cost structures, identify cost drivers, form competitive analyses, estimate supplier margins, and evaluate technology options. It can also define business models (fabless, fab-lite, foundry).

It uses an Excel interface, and final results can be modified and ported, with reports generation in Excel. Processes and operations libraries guide project set-up. Project and reference data is stored in a sharable database. A hierarchically defined bill of materials (BOM) includes any number of MEMS, ASICs and passive components. Front-end processes can use multiple wafers, each with its own front-end process. Each process can use multiple fabs, with individually defined cost and overhead parameters.

System Plus Consulting specializes in the cost analysis of a wide variety of electronics, from semiconductor devices to electronic systems. Learn more at www.systemplus.fr.

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