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Announcement of Opportunity for Development of Monolithic Microwave Integrated Circuits for V-Band on Two Shared Wafer-Runs of GaAs PHEMT Technology

Preamble

The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) is pleased to announce opportunities for Canadian entities (industry, academia, other government agencies) to participate in Development of Monolithic Microwave Integrated Circuits (MMIC) for V-Band on Two Shared Wafer-Runs of Gallium Arsenide (GaAs) High Electron Mobility Transistor (HEMT) Technology.

Proposals are invited to develop MMICs on two shared wafer-runs with one wafer-run dedicated to GaAS HEMT low noise designs, and wafer-run for GaAS HEMT dedicated to High Power designs, for V-band space communication applications.

Applicants who are unfamiliar with this type of Announcement of Opportunity (AO) may be initially deterred by the structure and content of the AO. In order to address this concern, the following points are relevant:

  • The overall objectives of the AO are described in section 1
  • 'bid' refers to the proposal; 'bidder' is the applicant
  • 'shall' indicates a mandatory requirement;
  • 'should' indicates a preferred but not mandatory requirement;
  • 'may' indicates an option;
  • 'will' indicates a statement of intention or fact;
  • Annex A provides instructions on how to prepare the proposal;
  • Annex B explains how the proposals will be evaluated and selected;
  • Note that the deadline for the submission of the proposal is: September 10, 2010;
  • Any questions regarding this AO can be submitted to:
  • Dr. Tongxi WU
    Mission Engineering and Applications, Space Utilization
    Canadian Space Agency
    6767, route de l'Aeroport
    Saint-Hubert (Quebec)
    J3Y 8Y9

    Email: tongxi.wu@asc-csa.gc.ca

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1. REQUIREMENTS

1.1 Title

Development of Monolithic Microwave Integrated Circuits (MMICs) for V-Band on Two Shared Wafer-Runs of GaAs HEMT Technology.

1.2 Introduction

The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) is pleased to announce opportunities for eligible Canadian entities to participate in two shared wafer-runs aimed at developing key MMICs at V-band using advanced GaAs HEMT technology for future inter-satellite links flight mission and future V-band satellite communication missions, and to help building a Canadian V-band MMICs capability.

This opportunity is open to entities in Canada including industry, academia and Other Government Departments (OGD). Note that proposals from OGDs will be evaluated on the same basis and using the same criteria as applied to industrial and academic bidders.

Proposals are requested with a view to conduct design and test activities for V-band MMICs on two shared wafer-runs.

CSA intends to provide a contract to one duly selected foundry in order to procure up to two shared wafer-runs for this AO. One wafer-run is for a selected GaAs HEMT Low Noise process and the other one is for a selected GaAs HEMT Power process. In the event that the foundry offers a single process providing both low-noise and power characteristics two wafers from the same process will be procured with each of the wafer dedicated to one of the desired characteristics. The name of the Foundry and the two GaAs HEMT processes will not be announced until CSA completes the foundry selection for the shared wafer-runs expected in mid-September 2010.

The frequency ranges for the V-band that are relevant to this AO are from 38 GHz to 62 GHz. CSA has strong interest to develop the MMICs in the following sub frequency ranges for space communication and inter-satellite link applications:

  1. 39.5 GHz ~ 43.5 GHz
  2. 47.2 GHz ~ 51.2 GHz
  3. 58 GHz ~ 62 GHz

In response to the AO, applicants shall demonstrate clearly the vision and willingness to develop microwave technologies for aerospace applications and shall explain the proper objectives for the participation to design and test activities of the V-band MMICs as announced by this current AO.

Each bidder shall propose its own list of MMICs that the bidder intends to develop on the shared wafer-runs. The proposed MMICs shall be among the following types:

  • Low Noise Amplifiers (LNAs)
  • High Power amplifiers (HPAs)
  • Gain Blocks
  • Single Pole Double Throw (SPDT) switch
  • Mixers
  • Attenuators

The bidder shall list the target performance specifications for each MMIC proposed. For each particular type of MMIC, the target performance shall be the same or better than those specified in section 1.4.1, for the same (or wider) operation frequency range as specified in Section 1.4.1.

All the information and documents that a bidder need to provide as response to the AO, are specified in Annex A - Preparation of Proposals.

All the proposals will be evaluated according to the criteria defined in Annex B - Mandatory requirements, evaluation criteria and selection method. The winning bidders will be selected for each wafer-run after the evaluation.

Each winning bidder

  • will be informed of the available surface area on reticule for the corresponding wafer-run by the CSA prior to the commencement of the design
  • will be informed of the MMICs that the CSA has agreed to be included on the wafer-runs from the original list proposed by the bidder
  • shall obtain the product design kit for the chosen process directly from the Foundry
  • shall perform its design activities for the MMICs, at no cost to the CSA.
  • shall have access to one of the commercial design and simulation software which is supported by the selected Foundry for the process design kit.

    As the selection of foundry is still in process and the eventual list of design and simulation software will not be known until the completion of the selection, bidders are requested to provide the name of the design and simulation software that they have access to with its proper version. However the following two software are to be deemed supported by the Foundry :

    • ADS from Agilent Technology version 2008 or more recent
      Microwave Office form AWR version 2009 or more recent
    •  
  • shall produce a layout of its MMICs that shall conform to the design rules of the Foundry's corresponding process. The design rules are supplied by the Foundry as part of the design-kit.
  • shall accommodate the layout of all its circuits within the limit of surface area made available by the CSA on the reticule for each corresponding wafer-run.
  • shall send the simulation results for its MMIC designs to the CSA at least 5 working days prior to the Design Review in order for CSA to confirm that the designs meet CSA's expectation. The date for the Design Review is specified in section 1.3.
  • shall send its layouts to Foundry for Design Rule Check (DRC). Each winning bidder shall communicate directly with the Foundry so that modifications of the layout be made to meet the design rules of the Foundry process;
  • shall deliver the DRC-clean (Design Rule Check error-free) layout files in GDSII format of all its MMIC designs to the CSA at least 5 working days prior to the Design Review in order for the CSA to assemble the reticules and have those reticules submitted to the Foundry for final DRC checking
  • shall participate to a Design Review to be organized by the Foundry at a date set in section 1.3. Each winning bidder shall participate to the Design Review for a period limited to the review of its own MMIC designs without the presence of other participating entities other than the CSA.
  • shall perform the testing of its MMIC designs, at no cost to the CSA, within three months from receiving the MMIC dies containing their design. The CSA will provide, under a loan agreement, up to 5 dies per MMIC design. The dies loaned to a particular winning bidder will contain only MMIC(s) designed by the winning bidder.
  • shall send the test report(s) to the CSA within a reasonable time frame (maximum 4 months) after the test is completed

It is important to note that the CSA reserve the right to reduce or even cancel the surface area previously made available to a winning bidder should the winning bidder fail to meet the above requirement.

The CSA will be responsible for the assembly of the reticule for the wafer-runs, subject to the Foundry's approval. The CSA will assemble the reticule in such a way that each die on the reticule will contain only the circuit(s) from a given winning bidder. Each die may contain more than one circuit in order for the CSA to make efficient use of the reticule's available area; however the CSA may place pseudo-dicing streets for some dies that contain multiple circuits.

The CSA will procure the wafers and cover the cost of this procurement. Thus the wafer(s) and associated dies shall remain Crown property.

The CSA will request the Foundry to perform dicing of the wafers according to the on-wafer dicing streets. Please note the Pseudo-dicing streets as may be placed on some dies will not be used in the Foundry dicing. It is the winning bidder's own responsibility, at no cost to the CSA, to have further dicing of the dies that contain multiple circuits, if applicable. The winning bidder shall seek written permission from the CSA to perform such dicing.

This AO is made only for the purpose of generating interest in research and development and shall not result in a contract, in a grant or in a contribution being awarded to the winning bidders or to anyone else. There shall be no money transfer from CSA to the bidders, including the winning bidders, resulting from this AO in any way whatsoever, and, apart from any loan that is specifically provided for under this AO, the winning bidders will carry out their activities entirely at their own cost.

Each winning bidder shall enter into a loan agreement with the CSA before CSA can send dies to each winning bidder for testing purpose. The loaned dies shall be returned to CSA after the completion of the testing.

The CSA recognizes that some dies may require mounting on a test fixture as part of the testing campaign and in so doing such dies, upon return to the CSA may no longer be suitable for further testing or use.

The Intellectual Property (IP) developed by the participant in designing their MMIC circuits shall vest with the participant".

1.3 Important Dates

Please note the following important dates related to this AO:

  1. Deadline for the submission of the proposal: September 10, 2010, 4:00 PM Eastern Time
  2. Winning bidders selected and notified: September 10, 2010
  3. Deadline for Design Review: December 10, 2010
  4. MMIC dies distributed to participating entities: March/April 2011.

1.4 Background Information

1.4.1 List of MMIC types

The CSA will only accept proposals for developing the following types of MMICs

  1. Low Noise Amplifiers (LNAs)
  2. High Power Amplifiers (HPAs)
  3. Gain Blocks
  4. Single Pole Double Throw (SPDT) Switches
  5. Mixers
  6. Attenuators

1.4.2 Frequency Band and Nominal Performance Specifications

The MMICs in the context of the proposals shall be for the V-band only, with the frequency ranges be the same or wider than those specified from Table 1-1 through Table 1-13, with the target performance be the same or better than the nominal specifications as specified from Table 1-1 through Table 1-13.

Table 1-1
Specifications for LNA type 1
1

 
Parameter Nominal Units
Frequency range 39.5 ~ 43.5 GHz
Noise Figure 2.5 dB
Gain 15, 25, et 35 dB
Small Signal Gain Flatness ±0.5 dB
Input Return Loss 15 dB
Output Return Loss 15 dB
Output P1db 15 dBm

Table 1-2
Specifications for LNA type 2
1

 
Parameter Nominal Units
Frequency range 47.2 ~ 51.2 GHz
Noise Figure 3 dB
Gain 15, 25, et 35 dB
Small Signal Gain Flatness ±0.5 dB
Input Return Loss 15 dB
Output Return Loss 15 dB
Output P1db 15 dBm

Table 1-3
Specifications for LNA type 3

 
Parameter Nominal Units
Frequency range 58 ~ 62 GHz
Noise Figure 4 dB
Gain 15 ~ 20 dB
Small Signal Gain Flatness ±1 dB
Input Return Loss 10 dB
Output Return Loss 10 dB
Output P1db 12 dBm

Table 1-4
Specifications for gain block type 1

 
Parameter Nominal Units
Frequency range 39.5 ~ 43.5 GHz
Noise Figure 8 dB
Gain 10 ~ 25 dB
Small Signal Gain Flatness ±0.5 dB
Input Return Loss 15 dB
Output Return Loss 15 dB
Output P1db 20 dBm

Table 1-5
Specifications for gain block type 2

 
Parameter Nominal Units
Frequency range 47.2 ~ 51.2 GHz
Noise Figure 8 dB
Gain 10 ~ 25 dB
Small Signal Gain Flatness ±0.5 dB
Input Return Loss 15 dB
Output Return Loss 15 dB
Output P1db 20 dBm

Table 1-6
Specifications for gain block type 3

 
Parameter Nominal Units
Frequency range 58 ~ 62 GHz
Noise Figure 8 dB
Gain 10 ~ 25 dB
Small Signal Gain Flatness ±0.5 dB
Input Return Loss 15 dB
Output Return Loss 15 dB
Output P1db 18 ~ 20 dBm

Table 1-7
Specifications for power amplifier type 1

 
Parameter Nominal Units
Frequency range 39.5 ~ 43.5 GHz
Gain 15 dB
Small Signal Gain Flatness ±1 dB
Input Return Loss 15 dB
Output Return Loss 20 dB
Output P1db 30, 33, 35 dBm

Table 1-8
Specifications for power amplifier type 2

 
Parameter Nominal Units
Frequency range 47.2 ~ 51.2 GHz
Gain 15 dB
Small Signal Gain Flatness ±1 dB
Input Return Loss 15 dB
Output Return Loss 20 dB
Output P1db 30, 33, 35 dBm

Table 1-9
Specifications for power amplifier type 3

 
Parameter Nominal Units
Frequency range 58 ~ 62 GHz
Gain 15 ~ 25 dB
Small Signal Gain Flatness ±1 dB
Input Return Loss 10 dB
Output Return Loss 10 dB
Output P1db 25 ~ 30 dBm

Table 1-10
Specifications for SPDT switch

 
Parameter Nominal Units
Frequency range 39.5 ~ 62 GHz
Insertion loss 3 dB
Isolation 25 dB
Return Loss (On - state) 10 dB
Return Loss (Off - state) 10 dB
Input P1db 5 dBm

Table 1-11
Specifications for mixer type 1

 
Parameter Nominal Units
RF Frequency Range 47.2 ~ 51.4 GHz
LO Frequency Range 5.7 ~ 11.7 GHz
IF Frequency Range 37.5 ~ 42.5 GHz
Conversion Loss 12 dB
LO input Power +10 dBm
Image rejection 10 dBc
Input Power (at P1dB) 0 dBm
Input Power (at P3dB) +2 dBm
LO Return Loss 10 dB
RF Return Loss 10 dB
IF Return Loss 10 dB

Table 1-12
Specifications for mixer type 2

 
Parameter Nominal Units
RF Frequency Range 58 ~ 62 GHz
LO Frequency Range 29 ~ 31 GHz
IF Frequency Range DC to 5 GHz
Conversion Loss 12 dB
LO input Power +10 dBm
Image rejection 10 dBc
Input Power (at P1dB) 0 dBm
Input Power (at P3dB) +2 dBm
LO Return Loss 10 dB
RF Return Loss 10 dB
IF Return Loss 10 dB

Table 1-13
Specifications for attenuators

 
Parameter Nominal Units
Frequency range 39 ~ 62 GHz
Insertion loss 1, 2, 3, 4, 8 dB
Return Loss (On - state) 10 dB
Return Loss (Off - state) 10 dB
Input P1db 5 dBm

1The target gains are 15, 25 and 35dB, respectively.

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2. INSTRUCTIONS, CLAUSES AND CONDITIONS

2.1 Bid closing date

Bid Closing for submission of Proposals: 16:00 EST on September 10, 2010

Proposals must be received at the address below by 16:00 EST on September 10, 2010. Late proposals will not be considered.

All proposals must be addressed to:

Dr. Tongxi WU
Mission Engineering and Applications, Space Utilization
Canadian Space Agency
6767, route de l'Aeroport
Saint-Hubert (Quebec)
J3Y 8Y9

Email: tongxi.wu@asc-csa.gc.ca

2.2 Inquiries

It is the responsibility of the interested party to obtain clarification of the requirements contained herein, if necessary, prior to submitting a response to this AO. All inquiries and other communications related to this AO throughout the period and until the closing date of this AO shall be directed, in writing or email ONLY, to the person listed below. Inquiries during the period of the AO must be received no less than 5 working days prior to the closing date to allow sufficient time to provide a response.

To ensure equality of information among all interested parties, questions and answers, if applicable, will be posted on the CSA website. Applicants are encouraged to visit the CSA website to determine if there are any changes in the requirements.

Address Inquiries to:

Dr. Tongxi WU
Mission Engineering and Applications, Space Utilization
Canadian Space Agency
6767, route de l'Aeroport
Saint-Hubert (Quebec)
J3Y 8Y9

Email: tongxi.wu@asc-csa.gc.ca

2.3 Acceptance of terms and conditions

The proposal must be signed by the Bidder or by an authorized representative of the Bidder. The signature indicates that the Bidder agrees to be bound by the instructions, clauses and conditions in their entirety as they appear in this AO.

2.4 Intellectual property

Proposals must identify any intellectual property that the proposed work is based on and any potential intellectual property that would result from the work. The intellectual property that results from the work will belong to the bidder.

2.5 Bidder's performance

  1. CSA may reject a bid where any of the following circumstances is present:
    • the Bidder, or any employee or subcontractor included as part of the bid, has been convicted under section 121 ("Frauds on the government" & "Contractor subscribing to election fund"), 124 ("Selling or purchasing office"), or 418 ("Selling defective stores to Her Majesty") of the Criminal Code;
    • the Bidder is subject to a Vendor Performance Corrective Measure, under the Vendor Performance Policy, which renders the Bidder ineligible to bid on the Work;
    • an employee or subcontractor included as part of the bid, is subject to a Vendor Performance Corrective Measure, under the Vendor Performance Policy, which would render that employee or subcontractor ineligible to bid on the Work, or the portion of the Work the employee or subcontractor is to perform;
    • with respect to current or prior transactions with the Government of Canada:
      • the Bidder is bankrupt or where, for whatever reason, its activities are rendered inoperable for an extended period;
      • evidence, satisfactory to Canada, of fraud, bribery, fraudulent misrepresentation or failure to comply with any law protecting individuals against any manner of discrimination has been received with respect to the Bidder, any of its employees or any subcontractor included as part of its bid;
      • Canada has exercised its contractual remedies of suspension or termination for default with respect to a contract with the Bidder, any of its employees or any subcontractor included as part of its bid;
      • Canada determines that the Bidder's performance on other contracts, including the efficiency and workmanship, as well as the extent to which the Bidder executed the work in accordance with contractual terms and conditions, is sufficiently poor to jeopardize the successful completion of the requirement being bid on.
  2. Where CSA intends to reject a bid pursuant to a provision of subsection 1, other than 1(b), the CSA will so inform the Bidder and provide the Bidder ten (10) calendar days within which to make representations, prior to making a final decision on the bid rejection.

2.6 Proposal costs

No payment shall be made for any costs incurred in the preparation and submission of a proposal in response to this AO.

2.7 Rights of CSA

CSA reserves the right to:

  • reject any or all proposals received in response to this AO
  • enter into negotiations with applicants on any or all aspects of their proposal
  • accept any proposal in whole or in part without negotiations
  • cancel this AO at any time
  • reissue the AO
  • seek clarification and verify any or all information provided with respect to this AO
  • negotiate with the responsive Bidders to ensure best value to CSA

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3. PRESENTATION OF PROPOSAL

3.1 Format and content

See Annex A – Preparation of proposals.

The proposals submitted in response to this AO are to be in the format as detailed in Annex A.

3.2 Mandatory requirements, evaluation criteria and selection method

See Annex B – Mandatory Requirements, Evaluation Criteria and Selection Method.

3.3 Conditions Precedent to Proposal Selection

The bidder should include a page with the following content as part of the proposal.

  • Education and Experience

The Bidder hereby certifies that all the information provided in the résumés and supporting material submitted with its proposal, particularly as this information pertains to education achievements, experience and work history, has been verified by the Bidder to be true and accurate. Furthermore, the Bidder warrants that the individuals proposed by the Bidder for the requirement are capable of satisfactorily performing the Work described herein.

  • Status and Availability Of Resources

The bidder hereby certifies that it can provide appropriate resources to meet the deadline as set out in the AO for this MMIC design activity.

See Annex C – Certification Requirements.

3.4 Submission of proposals

Please note that Bids submitted by facsimile will not be accepted.

When responding, the proposal MUST be received at the following location, by the time and date indicated in section 2.1 of this AO document:

Dr. Tongxi WU
Mission Engineering and Applications, Space Utilization
Canadian Space Agency
6767, route de l'Aeroport
Saint-Hubert (Quebec)
J3Y 8Y9

Email: tongxi.wu@asc-csa.gc.ca

The Bidder's name and return address, together with the name, email, phone number for the contact person shall be indicated in the email body shall be clearly visible on the envelope, parcel or email containing the proposal. Proposals submitted in response to this AO will not be returned.

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Answers to inquiries

1. In the "proposal response to the AO" section of Annex A, reference is made to a form provided in Annex A. This form does not seem to be part of Annex A. Where can we obtain this form?

There is no application form. The bidder should follow proposal preparation guidelines in Annex A.

2. Typically all GaAs foundries sell their Design Kits for approx. $10K (US). This amount is applied to the foundry pass once an order is placed. In this case, how will the Design Kits be acquired as there will be multiple parties involved?

The Design Kits will be provided to multiple participating entities, free of charge, by the selected foundry. This is actually one of the criteria set by the CSA in selecting the GaAs foundry.

3. Will the design reviews be held in Montreal or at the foundry location? If a foundry requires a visit to their facilities for the final design review, who will be responsible to cover the travel expenses?

The design reviews will be done via conference calls organized by the CSA. There will be no travel expenses associated with the design reviews.

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ANNEX A – PREPARATION OF PROPOSALS

Applicants shall prepare a proposal addressing all the requirements of this AO. All the documents for this application should be sent to the CSA in electronic format (Adobe PDF) in a single file. The PDF format file shall not be protected against either printing or copying.

The CSA mail server does not accept some types of file extensions (e.g. zip) and these attachments may not, in such a case, reach the intended recipient. The winning bidders are encouraged to verify that the intended proposal file extension will not be rejected by sending a "test" email containing an attachment using the expected file extension. The CSA shall not be held liable for rejection by the CSA email server of any file attached to an email submittal of the proposal.

Applicants shall submit their proposals BY MAIL or EMAIL with a single PDF file attached.

The email subject shall be in the following format:

  • Proposal for CSA AO from +"Name of Applicant"

The body of the email shall include the following information as a minimum:

  • Name and address of the applicant
    Name, telephone number, fax number, and email address of the contact person

The CSA will send an acknowledgement by email to the applicant to inform that the proposal has be properly received within 2 (two) working days after the reception of the email from applicant. Please note the word "properly" only means that the attached file was received by the CSA and can be opened/viewed/printed at the CSA.

Proposal

The proposal should address the points that are subject to the mandatory requirements and evaluation criteria of Annex B - Mandatory Requirements, Evaluation Criteria and Selection Method, against which the proposal will be evaluated. It is suggested that applicants address these mandatory requirements and evaluation criteria in sufficient depth in their proposals. Any proposal which fails to meet one or more of the mandatory requirements will be deemed non-responsive.

The proposal will be evaluated solely on its content. The CSA will evaluate a Bidder's proposal solely based on the documentation provided as part of that proposal. The CSA will not take into consideration any references in a proposal to additional information not submitted with the proposal, such as:

  • website addresses where additional information can be found;
  • technical manuals or brochures not submitted with the proposal;
  • existing standing offers, supply arrangements or contracts with the Government of Canada.

In order to facilitate the evaluation of the proposal, the Bidder is requested to address the mandatory requirements and the evaluation criteria in order, using the same headings and presenting topics accordingly. To avoid duplication, the Bidder may refer to different sections of its proposal by identifying specific paragraphs and page numbers, where the subject topic has already been addressed.

The Proposal in response to this AO must be a single document. Throughout the proposal, use letter size paper, 10 point font minimum.

This submission must include all documentation to be submitted including support letters and personal data forms, if applicable.

The proposal response to the AO must follow the following format:

  • Proposals should be prepared in 8.5" x 11" format with minimum 2 cm borders and 10 pt type
  • The name of the principal bidder should appear on the upper right-hand corner of each page of the proposal
  • Proposals may be submitted in either English or French

The proposal response to the AO must include, as a minimum, the following information:

  1. Cover pages/application form – Use the form provided in Annex A (pdf document or Word document). The proposal must have original signatures
  2. Proposal abstract, 1 page, maximum
  3. Relevance to Space application. The bidder shall demonstrate the vision and willingness in developing microwave products for aerospace applications. The bidder shall describe its past and current efforts in developing microwave products for aerospace applications, including the design activities in the field of MICs and/or MMICs.
    Please note in the evaluation criteria for the proposal (see Annex B), the previous design activities for high frequency (>30GHz), the MIC/MMIC design activities, and MIC design activities for hi-reliability/aerospace application are considered as assets.
  4. 4MMIC design and test proposal – shall describe the proposed V-band MMICs to be included in the shared wafer-runs and shall include:
    1. A Summary table in which the following items shall be indicated
      1. Circuit name(s)
      2. Operation frequency range
      3. Name of the process used (wafer-run): Low Noise or High Power
      4. Needs addressed with reference to the section 1.4.2 (for example LNA type 2 per table 1-2)
      5. Estimate of the size of the circuit layouts in the format of X(mm) by Y (mm)
      6. Total number of circuits for each process
    2. A Design description. For each of the MMICs,
      1. Indicate circuit name
      2. Indicate the name of process (wafer-run) used for the circuit: Low Noise or High Power
      3. Estimate of the size of the circuit layouts in the format of X(mm) by Y (mm)
      4. Describe the functionality of the circuit
      5. Describe the architecture in text and in simplified schematics or block diagrams
      6. List target main performance requirements for specified frequency ranges in a table
    3. A test plan summary. For each different type of circuits the bidder shall
      1. Indicate the parameters to be tested
      2. Describe briefly the test methodology
      3. Identify the principal equipment used for the test
      4. Give the name of the facility for the test, and in case of the named test facility belongs to a third party, shall include a letter of acknowledgement from the third party to allow the future use of the test facility. Please note that CSA's test facilities shall not be made available for the purposes of this AO, and therefore bidders are not allowed to designate the CSA as the third party for the purpose of this paragraph.
    4. The name of the Electronic Design Automation (design and simulation) software which is available for use to perform the MMIC design, with its version number. Advanced Design System (ADS) 2008 or more recent from Agilent Technologies and MicroWave Office 2008 or more recent from Applied Wave Research (AWR) are considered to be design and simulation software that the Physical Design Kits from the Foundry will support.
    5. For the designer(s), provide a listing of previous designs in the field microwave integrated circuits. For the test personnel, previous test experience in the field of microwave circuits shall be indicated.
      Please note that in the evaluation criteria for the proposal, previous design experience for high frequency (≥30GHz) or the previous Microwave Integrated Circuit (MIC)/Monolithic Microwave Integrated Circuit (MMIC) design experience, or the microwave circuit design experience for hi-reliability/aerospace application of the designer (or designers) are considered as assets.
    6. Confirm that error-free designs will be submitted by the deadline imposed by the Foundry in order to ensure wafer delivery before March 31, 2011. This deadline is expected to be by December 10, 2010. Failure to meet this deadline will result in the rejection of the bidder's designs.

If a proposal is approved a formal agreement will be negotiated and signed by the appropriate signing authorities at the CSA and the recipient organization. This represents a condition for any acceptance of MMIC designs by the CSA in respect of the approved project.

Upon notice of a successful application, the CSA will have no liability to the winning bidder until an agreement is duly signed by both parties.

The duration of each agreement will be one (1) year but it may be renewed under similar conditions upon approval by both parties.

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ANNEX B – MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS, EVALUATION CRITERIA AND SELECTION METHOD

B-1.  Evaluation and selection procedure

There are several phases in the evaluation methodology, which are described below.

Phase 1 – Confirmation of compliance with Mandatory Requirements

An evaluation team from CSA will screen the proposals based on the mandatory criteria. Proposals which do not pass this screening will not be considered further.

Phase 2 – Evaluation of Technical and Management Requirements

Proposals which meet the Mandatory Criteria in Phase 1 will then undergo technical and management review by CSA technical team using a set of asset criteria for each wafer-run. The total marks of assets for each proposal will be added together for each wafer-run, respectively.

CSA will establish a list of bidders according to the total number of assets obtained, from the highest to the lowest for each wafer-run. CSA will select the three bidders (maximum) from top to low sequence of the list for each wafer-run, respectively, as the winning bidders.

For each winning bidder CSA will select the MMICs from the proposed list of the winning bidder and assign the total surface area on the reticules accordingly. CSA have the right to select part or all the MMICs on the bidder's list to be included in the wafer-runs. CSA have the right to modify (increase or decrease) real-estate area on the reticule that are assigned to the bidders.

B-2.  Mandatory requirements

At bid closing time, the Bidder must comply with the following Mandatory Requirements and provide the necessary documentation to support compliance.

Any proposal which fails to meet the following Mandatory Requirements will be deemed non-responsive and will not be given further consideration.

  • The Bidder must submit a signed proposal response to the AO (specified in
    ANNEX A) as per the "Acceptance of Terms and Conditions" clause 2.3 of the AO.

B-3.  Technical and management evaluation criteria

Step 1:

Each Proposal which meets all the Mandatory Requirements specified above will be first evaluated with following set of "pass/fail" criteria. Any proposal which fails to meet any of the "pass" criteria will be deemed FAIL and will not be given further consideration. Only the proposals that meet all the "pass" criteria will go to the next step of evaluation.

Table AB-1 Mandatory Requirements

Criteria Requirement Pass/Fail
B-3.1 The bidder has demonstrated clearly the vision and willingness for developing microwave products for aerospace applications through contributions to successful flight hardware development  
B-3.2 The bidder has proposed at least one MMIC whose target specifications meet or exceed the requirements as specified in section 1.3.3 of this AO  
B-3.3 The bidder has demonstrated that the proposed designs are aimed for aerospace applications (including the ground segment)  
B-3.4 The bidder has demonstrated previous design activities on MIC and/or MMIC circuits.  
B-3.5 The bidder has demonstrated that the designer(s) assigned to this design activity has(have) previous experience on MIC and/or MMIC circuit design  
B-3.6 The bidder has its own facility for testing proposed V-band MMICs. In the case where the bidder does not have its own test facility, it has identified an alternative test facility from a third party, and has provided a letter of agreement from that third party for using the intended test facility  
B-3.7 The bidder has qualified personnel for testing V-band MMIC circuits. In case where the bidder uses the test facility of third party, it has indicated that qualified personnel are available for performing the V-band MMIC testing  
B-3.8 The bidder has access to the design and simulation software with proper version that the Foundry PDK supports. ADS® from Agilent Technologies for version 2008 or more recent and Microwave Office ® from AWR Corporation for version 2009 or more recent are deemed supported by the Foundry.  
B-3.9 The bidder has provided a resource allocation plan  

Step 2:

Each proposal which meets all the Pass criteria expressed in Table AB-1, will be further evaluated according to the following asset evaluation criteria for each wafer-run respectively. The total marks awarded to assets will be added together and bidders will be ranked from highest to lowest score.

Criteria Asset Mark
B-3.1 The bidder has previous design activities for high frequency microwave circuits (≥30GHz) 5
B-3.2 The bidder has previous MIC and/or MMIC design activities for hi-reliability/aerospace applications 10
B-3.3 The designer(s) has (have) previous design experience for high frequency MIC and/or MMIC circuits (≥30GHz) 5
B-3.4 The designer(s) has (have) previous design experience of MIC or MMIC circuits 5
B-3.5 The designer(s) has(have) previous design experience on hi-reliability/aerospace microwave circuits 10

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ANNEX C – CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

Education and experience

The Bidder hereby certifies that all the information provided in the résumés and supporting material submitted with its proposal, particularly as this information pertains to education achievements, experience and work history, has been verified by the Bidder to be true and accurate. Furthermore, the Bidder warrants that the individuals proposed by the Bidder for the requirement are capable of satisfactorily performing the Work described herein.

Should verification by the Minister disclose untrue statements, the Minister shall have the right to declare the proposal non-responsive and, pursuant to the default provisions of any resulting agreement, terminate any such agreement for default.

Status and availability of resources

The Bidder certifies that, should it be requested to do any activity under any agreement resulting from this AO, adequate resources will be available to perform any such activity within the deadlines specified in this AO or within such other deadlines that have been agreed with the CSA.