Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 23rd Oct 2011 16:58 UTC
Amiga & AROS Big news from the Amiga world this weekend. That stubborn bunch are holding AmiWest 2011 this weekend, and it's been one heck of an eventful little, uh, event. Not only will the AmigaOne X1000 start shipping by year's end, Hyperion also announced something many in the Amiga world have been waiting for for a long time: an Amiga laptop. Update: Steven Solie, AmigaOS' team lead, also held a presentation about the past, present, and future of AmigaOS. The team is working on some pretty interesting stuff - protected address space, multicore support, USB3, new printing subsystem, and much more.
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RE[4]: Hefty price?
by chandler on Mon 24th Oct 2011 00:54 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Hefty price?"
chandler
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Your ignorance of basic economics is showing. There are two cost components to mass-produced products: a fixed cost for design, validation, tooling, etc. and a per-unit cost based on the cost of the components and the time needed to assemble them. (Yes, engineers need to eat too.) The more units you sell, the more you can amortize that fixed cost.

The per-unit cost of the components also decreases as volume increases due to transactional costs, assurance of demand to the supplier, etc. It's wouldn't be at all surprising if the cost of the non-CPU components for a short run (under 10000 quantity) of these motherboards is 5x what it would cost a major manufacturer in high volume.

As far as the custom components in that picture, I see a very large red one... not to mention the PA Semi CPU which was not produced in high quantities.

Edited 2011-10-24 00:57 UTC

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