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We have below listed the main questions we received from you and bring them an answer. Topics are the following:
GeneralPCB Price+SYScost+3D-Package CoSim+Display Price+MEMS CoSim+ & Price+Power CoSim+ & Price+LED CoSim+IC Price+

However if you still have inquiries, we would be glad to help you, just contact us: info@systemplus.fr

 

 

GENERAL TOOL INFORMATION

 


What is the difference between CoSim+ and Price+ tools?

To use the CoSim+ tools, you need to know all the manufacturing process steps for your product. These tools are more intended for manufacturers and R&D.
The Price+ tools do not require any technical knowledge. These tools use physical parameters of the devices. Price+ tools are more intended for purchasing and marketing departments.

What is the difference between the site license and the corporate license?
The site license is for all employees in just one location. The corporate license is for all employees from the same company worldwide.

Once I get the license, do I need to pay something else?
The license includes maintenance for the first year. After the first year, if you wish to keep receiving our support and updates, you will need to pay the maintenance fees only. It will cost between 1,000€ and 3,500€ depending on your license type and tool.

Why should I pay for maintenance after the first year? Can I get maintenance for free?
Thanks to the maintenance, you get updates to the tools and database every year. Maintenance also includes support from our team.
The first year, the update is included in the license fees. You don’t have to add any other fee. However, after this first year, you will have to purchase our yearly maintenance to get our tools and database updates.

Can I test the tools before buying it?
System Plus Consulting doesn’t provide any trial version but you can schedule a one-hour WebEx demo with the team to get a better understanding of which tool you might need.

How accurate are the tools?
From customer feedback, we believe that the tools results are within 5-10% of the actual cost or price.

Once I get a costing tool from System Plus Consulting, can I edit the database?
Yes, and System Plus Consulting will not be able to access to your changes. You can even create new fabs and make some simulations for your future projects.

If I edit the database, will System Plus Consulting know my changes?
No, once the database is set-up on your own network, System Plus Consulting cannot access to your changes.

Can I compare costs and do “what if”?
Yes, you can simulate up to five comparison scenarios.

Can I estimate the equipment costs?
Yes, the equipment costs are taken into account in System Plus Consulting’s cost models.

Are the tools and databases online or offline based?
All our tools are offline. However, you can set-up the Access database on your company network and share your project with your colleagues.

How does System Plus Consulting get the data?
System Plus Consulting has many ways to access data. The company uses public data, and attends shows and conferences to discuss with manufacturers and works with analysts who have their own experience with the technology.

How often does System Plus Consulting update the database?
The database is updated at least once a year, but it can be more depending on the tool.

Can I share my cost calculation with my colleagues to work on the same project?
Yes, you can set-up your database on your local network or you can also export your projects to send them by email. You can also decide not to share them and secure your data.

Are the tools easy to set-up?
Yes, our tools are Excel based, so you don’t need to use the admin account for the set up.

Which parameters are taken into account in the tools?
All parameters can be taken into account, including the fab building, employees, electricity, materials, equipment, and substrates. But the tools also provide default values to help your simulations.

Do the tools consider equipment depreciation?
Yes, our tools consider equipment and clean room depreciation.

Can I simulate costs in Asia?
Yes, you can simulate costs worldwide, at least in all countries with electronics industry.

Can I edit the material cost depending on the day rate in addition to the yearly provided updates?
Yes, you can edit all the information in the Access database whenever you want and System Plus Consulting will never know about it. These data will remain unchanged when the database is updated.

 

 

IC Price+

 


Do the tools include a component library?

Our Price+ tools do not include any component library but our CoSim+ tools do.

How can I learn to use the tools?
All tools include a helper. In Price+ there is a guide available at each step of your work, in each window.
If needed, when you buy one of our tools, you can schedule a one-hour training session via WebEx with our engineers. You can also purchase an on-site training session if needed.

Which parameters are absolutely necessary to know how to use the tools?
To use our tools, you will need to know at least the location of the fab, the technology type and node, and die dimension, the manufacturing quantity and the manufacturer.

What is the minimum technology node available in IC Price+?
The minimum technology node available in IC Price+ is 14 nm.

How many fabs does the IC Price+ library contain?
IC Price+ contains more than 800 fab units.

 

 

MEMS CoSim+

 


Do the tools include a component library?

The standard package doesn’t include a component library. But, you can add a component library with additional charges.

Do the tools include a process library?
The standard package doesn’t include any process library. But, you can add a process library with additional charges.

Since I have to detail all the process steps, do I get cost details at each step of the process?
Yes, our CoSim+ tools will provide you cost details at each step of the process.

How many process steps can I add to simulate my cost?
You can add unlimited process steps.

How can I learn to use the tools?
All tools include a helper. In CoSim+, you have a PDF file to guide you.
If needed, when you buy one of our tools, you can schedule a one-hour training session via WebEx with our engineer. You can also purchase an on-site training session if needed.

What kind of devices can I simulate with MEMS CoSim+?
You can simulate almost all sensor devices: inertial, environmental, microphone, BAW filter, oscillator and micro-mirror.

What kind of packaging can I simulate with MEMS CoSim+?
You can simulate leadframe based packages, including premold, SOIC, and QFN; laminate based, including LGA and BGA; and Wafer-Level Packaging.

Which technologies can I simulate with MEMS CoSim+?
You can simulate several technologies like Surface Micromachining, Bulk Micromachining, SOI Micromachining, CMOS/MEMS and MEMS over CMOS.

Can I simulate integrated circuits with MEMS CoSim+?
No, you can simulate integrated circuits only with MEMS Price+ and IC Price+.

 

 

MEMS Price+

 


Do the tools include a component library?

Our Price+ tools do not include any component library but our CoSim+ tools do.

How can I learn to use the tools?
All tools include a helper. In Price+ there is a guide available at each step of your work, in each window.
If needed, when you buy one of our tools, you can schedule a one-hour training session via WebEx with our engineers. You can also purchase an on-site training session if needed.

Which parameters are absolutely necessary to know how to use the tools?
To use our tools, you will need to know at least the location of the fab, the technology type and node, and die dimension, the manufacturing quantity and the manufacturer.

What kind of devices can I simulate with MEMS Price+?
You can simulate most of MEMS devices: inertial, environmental, microphone, BAW filter, oscillator and micro-mirror.

Can I simulate multi-die processes with MEMS Price+?
Yes, you can simulate multi-die processes. You can simulate MEMS dies and also ASICs.

 

 

POWER CoSim+

 

Do the tools include a component library?
The standard package doesn’t include a component library. But, you can add a component library with additional charges.

Do the tools include a process library?
The standard package doesn’t include any process library. But, you can add a process library with additional charges.

Since I have to detail all the process steps, do I get cost details at each step of the process?
Yes, our CoSim+ tools will provide you cost details at each step of the process.

How many process steps can I add to simulate my cost?
You can add unlimited process steps.

How can I learn to use the tools?
All tools include a helper. In CoSim+, you have a PDF file to guide you.
If needed, when you buy one of our tools, you can schedule a one-hour training session via WebEx with our engineers. You can also purchase an on-site training session if needed.

What kind of devices can I simulate with Power CoSim+?
All of them, including discretes, modules and SiC or GaN devices.

Can I simulate the doping step?
Yes, the doping step is taken into account in Power CoSim+. You can even simulate the quantity.

Can I simulate the packaging with Power CoSim+ and Power Price+?
Yes, packaging is a part of the manufacturing process and you can simulate it with the tools.

Can I simulate modules and discrete devices with Power CoSim+ and Power Price+?
Yes, the power tools can simulate any kind of power device.

What kind of substrate can I simulate with Power CoSim+ and Power Price+?
The power tools can simulate any kind of substrates, including silicon and compound semiconductors like SiC and GaN.

Can I simulate the epitaxy step with Power CoSim+ and Power Price+?
Yes, you are able to simulate epitaxy with System Plus Consulting power tools.

Which voltage level can I simulate with Power CoSim+ and Power Price+?
All of them. You can simulate low, medium and high voltage devices.

 

 

POWER Price+

 

Do the tools include a component library?
Our Price+ tools do not include any component library but our CoSim+ tools do.

How can I learn to use the tools?
All tools include a helper. In Price+ there is a guide available at each step of your work, in each window.
If needed, when you buy one of our tools, you can schedule a one-hour training session via WebEx with our engineers. You can also purchase an on-site training session if needed.

Which parameters are absolutely necessary to know how to use the tools?
To use our tools, you will need to know at least the location of the fab, the technology type and node, and die dimension, the manufacturing quantity and the manufacturer.

What kind of devices can I simulate with Power Price+?
You can simulate transistors, diodes, thyristors and power modules.

Can I simulate the doping step?
Yes, except the concentration. So, Power Price+ considers doping steps with an average cost per mask.

Can I simulate the packaging with Power CoSim+ and Power Price+?
Yes, packaging is a part of the manufacturing process and you can simulate it with the tools.

Can I simulate modules and discrete devices with Power CoSim+ and Power Price+?
Yes, the power tools can simulate any kind of power device.

What kind of substrate can I simulate with Power CoSim+ and Power Price+?
The power tools can simulate any kind of substrates, including silicon and compound semiconductors like SiC and GaN.

Can I simulate the epitaxy step with Power CoSim+ and Power Price+?
Yes, you are able to simulate epitaxy with System Plus Consulting power tools.

Which voltage level can I simulate with Power CoSim+ and Power Price+?
All of them. You can simulate low, medium and high voltage devices.

 

 

LED CoSim+

 

Do the tools include a component library?
The standard package doesn’t include a component library. But, you can add a component library with additional charges.

Do the tools include a process library?
The standard package doesn’t include any process library. But, you can add a process library with additional charges.

Since I have to detail all the process steps, do I get cost details at each step of the process?
Yes, our CoSim+ tools will provide you cost details at each step of the process.

How many process steps can I add to simulate my cost?
You can add unlimited process steps.

How can I learn to use the tools?
All tools include a helper. In CoSim+, you have a PDF file to guide you.
If needed, when you buy one of our tools, you can schedule a one-hour training session via WebEx with our engineer. You can also purchase an on-site training session if needed.

Which technologies can I simulate with LED CoSim+?
LED CoSim+ can simulate any LED technologies, including blue, red, IR and UV, including processes from Nichia, OSRAM, Lumileds, CREE, SETi and others.

Can I simulate the packaging with LED CoSim+?
Yes, the packaging is a part of the manufacturing process and you can simulate it with LED CoSim+.

 

 

3D-Package CoSim+

 


Do the tools include a component library?

The standard package doesn’t include a component library. But, you can add a component library with additional charges.

Do the tools include a process library?
The standard package doesn’t include any process library. But, you can add a process library with additional charges.

Since I have to detail all the process steps, do I get cost details at each step of the process?
Yes, our CoSim+ tools will provide you cost details at each step of the process.

How many process steps can I add to simulate my cost?
You can add unlimited process steps.

How can I learn to use the tools?
All tools include a helper. In CoSim+, you have a PDF file to guide you.
If needed, when you buy one of our tools, you can schedule a one-hour training session via WebEx with our engineer. You can also purchase an on-site training session if needed.

Which technologies can I simulate with 3D Package CoSim+?
You can simulate eWLB, RCP, TSV-Middle, TSV-Last, ECP, SESUB, MCeP, TMV, info, BSI and Hybrid Bonding with 3D Package CoSim+.

Which types of package can I simulate with 3D Package CoSim+?
You can simulate Wafer-Level Package, 3D TSV, Embedded Die Package, Package-on-Package and Image Sensor Package.

Which types of substrate can I simulate with 3D Package CoSim+?
You can simulate Silicon and Glass.

 

 

Display Price+

 

Do the tools include a component library?
Our Price+ tools do not include any component library but our CoSim+ tools do.

How can I learn to use the tools?
All tools include a helper. In Price+ there is a guide available at each step of your work, in each window.
If needed, when you buy one of our tools, you can schedule a one-hour training session via WebEx with our engineers. You can also purchase an on-site training session if needed.

Which parameters are absolutely necessary to know how to use the tools?
To use our tools, you will need to know at least the location of the fab, the technology type and node, and die dimension, the manufacturing quantity and the manufacturer.

Which technologies can I simulate with Display Price+?
You can simulate LCD and OLED technologies.

Is there a fab unit library in Display Price+?
There is no fab unit library in Display Price+ but you can choose the fab unit location and the generation.

How does Display Price+ calculate the connector Flex and PCB?
Display Price+ uses cost per area.

Which substrates are available in Display Price+?
All substrates are available, up to generation 10.

Which sectors are covered by Display Price+?
Display Price+ is more intended for automotive environment but it can also cover consumer or industrial products.

Can I use Display Price+ if I don’t know all the parameters?
Yes, Display Price+ provides some help with default parameters.

 

 

PCB Price+

 

Do the tools include a component library?
Our Price+ tools do not include any component library but our CoSim+ tools do.

How can I learn to use the tools?
All tools include a helper. In Price+ there is a guide available at each step of your work, in each window.
If needed, when you buy one of our tools, you can schedule a one-hour training session via WebEx with our engineers. You can also purchase an on-site training session if needed.

Which parameters are absolutely necessary to know how to use the tools?
To use our tools, you will need to know at least the location of the fab, the technology type and node, and die dimension, the manufacturing quantity and the manufacturer.

What measurement unit does PCB Price+ use?
PCB Price+ uses millimeters as its measurement unit.

What copper layer thicknesses does PCB Price+ support?
PCB Price+ supports four different copper layer thicknesses: 17.5 µm, 35 µm, 70 µm and 105 µm.

How many metal layers does PCB Price+ support?
PCB Price+ can simulate up to 20 metal layers.

What laminate technology is available in PCB Price+?
PCB Price+ supports FR4 technology.

Is the glass transition temperature, Tg, taken into account in PCB Price+?
Yes, Tg is taken into account from 130°C to 170°C.

 

 

SYScost+

 

What does Syscost+ include?
Syscost+ includes cost calculation for electronic board, housing, PCB and assembly.

Can I import a bill of material (BOM) into Syscost+ from an Excel file?
Yes, you can import your BOM from an Excel file.

Will Syscost+ advise me to change a component for another to improve cost?
Syscost+ will not advise you but you can choose other components from the database and compare them.

Does Syscost+ include library processes?
Yes, Syscost+ uses generic equipment like single-sided surface mount devices (SMD), double-sided SMD and double-sided with through-hole.

Which technologies can I simulate with Syscost+?
You can simulate any technology by modeling the technology yourself.

Does Syscost+ include a component database?
Yes, Syscost+ includes more than 100 projects. A database which contains more than 20,000 components is also available as an option.

Can I simulate plastic parts with Syscost+?
Yes, Syscost+ allows you to simulate plastic parts.

Can I add new components in Syscost+?
Yes, you can also easily add your own components.

Is Syscost+ an Excel based tool like the other tools?
Unlike the other tools, Syscost+ is Access based. You need an Access license in addition to the Excel license to set up the tool.

 

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