Elcoteq features EMS model and capabilities to optimize time-to-market
Oct 06, 2004
Manufactures high-performance radio frequency and microwave modules for the wireless communications market
Elcoteq Network Corporation will feature its EMS model and capabilities for optimizing time-to-market for high-performance radio frequency and microwave modules at the German Pavilion GP 12 at the European Microwave Show. Elcoteq will be represented by Elcoteq Communications Technology GmbH, Offenburg, Germany, which specializes in the manufacture, supply chain management, in-bound and out-bound logistics, purchasing, and after-sales services and support for these wireless communications products. The show will be held in Amsterdam from October 12â€“14, 2004.
Elcoteqâ€™s model is based on a partnership where the OEM focuses on its core competencies of design and technology, and Elcoteq handles issues of manufacturability, the manufacturing equipment budget, production capacity, bill of materials, supply chain, and creating and maintaining a time-line and focus for production and delivery to the OEMâ€™s customer. By jointly setting up a process of defined milestones to discuss upcoming products and manufacturing challenges, both companies are prepared for time and manufacturing adjustments, and the engineering department can focus on design instead of logistics, reducing time-to-market. There are annual discussions during the budget phase to ensure that Elcoteq has the most up-to-date equipment for the customerâ€™s advanced technology needs, determine inventory, and anticipate requirements. Elcoteq closely monitors prototype production and manufacturing start dates. Because of Elcoteqâ€™s capacity and many capabilities, Elcoteq can compensate internally and shift programs to make sure deadlines are met.
The complex manufacturing and test processes required for microwave and RF products, and the specialized engineers needed, have made OEMs hesitant to outsource these products. In 2003 Elcoteq acquired the Offenburg plant from Marconi, which gave Elcoteq the resources, skills, and 40 years of experience to manufacture a complete microwave radio from components to system integration. Elcoteq manufactures the radio frequency module, does the laser trimming, hermetically packages it, and tests it. Elcoteq also loads the software and does the finished system integration, performing level 5 integration.
Elcoteq GmbH (Elcoteqâ€™s facility in Offenburg) also does assembly and test of microwave products such as power amplifiers, low noise amplifiers, oscillators, and up-and-down converters, and handles low to high volumes and high product mix in its 1,000 square meter class 10,000 cleanroom. Elcoteq works with up to 38GHz, PDH radios, and repairs modules for PCBA microwaves.
Elcoteq provides a wide range of packaging and connective technologies needed for microwave product assembly. These include epoxy conductive die bonding with a placement accuracy of 20 microns, glue thickness between 3 and 10 microns and a minimum usable component size of 250 microns, fluxless soldering of the MMIC and substrate, plasma cleaning, wire bonding (Au ball and wedge bonding) with a diameter of 17/20/25 micron Au wire, ribbon bonding, parallel gap welding of Au ribbon and beam leads, and hermetic sealing by laser welding in a humidity free environment.
A major part of the Elcoteq model is its supply chain capabilities and purchasing advantage in securing lower prices and fast delivery. Elcoteqâ€™s quality processes reduce repair and rework and increase throughput, thus reducing costs and time-to-market. Through Elcoteqâ€™s model, RF and microwave companies can work in conjunction with Elcoteq to ensure they are following concurrent engineering processes, and optimize the time-to-volume and time-to-market of each product.
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