S3 Group provided a full turnkey service to Iridium from feasibility study to the delivery of packaged tested parts. A thorough system analysis by S3 Group enabled a very high level of integration resulting in a two-chip transceiver chipset, providing a lower-cost solution compared to previously-used components. This approach entailed a complex system design which required a large team of S3 Group engineers with expertise in RF, analog and digital design as well as the company’s leading-edge mixed-signal IP portfolio.
The Iridium 9602 will serve as a data communications transceiver for a wide range of portable tracking and monitoring devices, leveraging Iridium’s global coverage and low-latency, two-way data links. Applications for the 9602 will include remote asset tracking and monitoring such as telemetry from unattended sensors, fleet management and tracking, enterprise logistics and supply chain visibility as well as personal two-way navigation and mapping devices.
This IC design, developed by S3 Group, has enabled Iridium to substantially reduce form factor, power consumption and cost as well as to expedite delivery of products to market. The IC design also allows Iridium’s value added manufacturers (VAMs) and resellers (VARs) greater flexibility in embedding the 9602 into their products.
"S3 Group delivered a working IC design to us ahead of schedule,” said David Schoen, chief technology officer and vice president, product development, Iridium. “Their engineering expertise and skilled program management experience ensured higher levels of cost savings than we anticipated and enabled us to get our 9602 to production and to market faster.”
Commenting on S3 Group’s success at Iridium, James Blair, Director of IC Design Services said, "This was a complex system design where we brought our turnkey services capabilities, our partners and our RF, analog and digital IC design skills, to bear. Once again we have proven that we can accelerate the time-to-market, reduce costs and increase flexibility for our customers’ products. Iridium’s 9602 satellite transceiver offers global, real-time service combined with the highest value in the industry. S3 Group is proud to have assisted Iridium on this system design from the drawing board right through to product delivery and we hope to support further engagements with Iridium.”