What is SPG?

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What is SPG?




Signal Processing Group Inc., is a fabless
semiconductor company specializing in
the design, development, manufacture and
supply of MMICs, RFICs and mixed signal
ASICs.

SPG LOCATION AND
BACKGROUND


SPG is located in Chandler, Arizona, a
suburb of Phoenix.


SPG has been in business continuously
since 1988.


SPG has always been a very small,
specialized custom IC capability provider.


SPG custom IC service features


Low risk design


total lowest cost

development.


No minimum volume restrictions


Low cost prototyping/ low cost fabrication
available.



How can an MMIC/RFIC/ASIC help
the customer?



Cost reduction



Size reduction



Power savings



Increased reliability



Increase in ease of manufacture



Enhance the overall product



Replace obsolete devices



Hide the R&D for a customer’s invention.




What technologies are used at
SPG?



SiGe BICMOS





CMOS





BICMOS





BIPOLAR





GaAs

Design Tools used


Agilent ADS


Cadence Virtuoso


Tanner Research LEDIT



Examples of recent projects

( 2005
-
2012)


SiGe Block Up Converter at Ku Band MMIC with external higher
power GaAs power amplifier.


Log Amps ( various) ( 850 Mhz to 1.036 Mhz)


Combined RSSI and Quad detector ( 850 Mhz


1036 Mhz)


Medium power Cascode amplifier up to 5 Ghz


Gilbert cell mixer ( 2.4 Ghz max, 16 dB)


Complete FM transmitter including MPX and RF amplifier


RFID transceivers ( passive and active, 400 Mhz to 2.4 Ghz)


Various functional blocks for the MMICs ( VGA, Mixer, PA, IF Amp,
VCO,frequency synthesizer)


A/D Converters ( Sigma
-
Delta, SAR, Pipeline)


D/A Converters


Display drivers


Families of analog switches and muxes


Analog signal processor







Design and Manufacturing Options


Full custom


Semi
-
custom ( standard cell)


Macro


Cell ( IP ) based design


Design and Manufacturing Options




Multi project Wafer


(MPW)


Multi Layer Mask



(MLM)


Full Mask Set


(FMS)

Design and Manufacturing Options




Multi
-
Project
-
Wafer (MPW)


Semiconductor wafer is shared with
multiple customers.


Substantially ( at least 10:1) reduced
fabrication cost.


Used for low volume ( 10


20 pieces)
prototype fabrication.

Design and Manufacturing Options



Multi
-

Level
-

Masking (MLM)



Multiple masks share the same piece of
glass.


Reduces the cost of masks for the wafer.


The entire wafer is dedicated to customer.

Design and Manufacturing Options


Full Mask Set




Most expensive option



Used exclusively for high volumes (>100k

units/annum)

Typical Investments



Design investment

$10k to $200k
depending on complexity of the device.


Fabrication investment

$10k to $50k
depending on option chosen.


Test investment

$0.10 to $1.00 per device
for high volume test


Package investment

$0.5
-

$3.0 for a 24
pin package (includes setup charge).

Typical Timelines


Semi


Custom: ( 8 weeks


20 weeks)


Macro
-
cell: ( 12 weeks to 1 year)


Full Custom: ( 12 weeks to 18 months
)



( Timing depends on complexity and
technology)

Deliverables for chip



Layouts and layout plots and databases,



Test programs,



Prototype packaged parts,



Test results




Production volume devices
.



Schematics and simulation results

Why go SPG instead of someone
else?


Total lowest cost


Low risk


Fast moving, quick to respond, efficient.


User friendly.


Tried and trusted infrastructure


Focused on higher performance operation


Very structured operating procedure for low risk






Why go to SPG instead of
someone else?


SPG is focused on higher performance
operation.


Higher voltage ( up to 400V),


Higher frequency ( up to K band),


Higher accuracy ( up to16 bits+ ) etc.


Reduction of risk as a primary principle


Total lowest cost ( TLC) solution


Business model for custom chip
supply from SPG


Prototype fabrication: ( based on
development agreement)


Milestone based payments to complete
prototype development.


Production: ( based on supply agreement)
Purchase order or L/C, plus purchase
order for volume deliveries of complete
parts.

Ownership issues


who owns
what?


SPG owns the functional blocks used to
build the overall device.


Customer owns the overall device if
customer pays for the development
.

What are confidentiality issues?


SPG and customer mutually agree that
all
information exchanged during the course
of the project and during the delivery of the
device in production is confidential and
proprietary

How does a customer engage
SPG?


Please see SPG Background Information.
for detailed descriptions. Please request
SPG publication:


Doing business with Signal Processing
Group Inc




Certifications


SPG supplies custom devices with all the
relevant certifications, ISO, FCC,
Automotive. Military.

Development and supply
agreements


Please see SPG development agreement
for an example.


Please see SPG supply agreement for an
example.


Documents available upon request.

Warranties


These are part of the supply agreement.
See the example in SPG supply
agreement.

Engineering Change Request


Changes are handled through the
ECR
procedure.


ECR document available upon request.

Conclusions


Contact SPG for all your custom device
needs!!


Web Site:


www.signalpro.biz


Email:



spg@signalpro.biz


Tel:



1
-
866
-
487
-
1119


Street Address:

Signal Processing Group




Inc.






561 E. Elliot Road, #170,




Chandler, Arizona 85225

Thank You!


Thank you for your time


Thank you for your interest in SPG


If engaged we will provide the highest
quality service we are capable of.


You will love our total lowest cost and low
risk service!