[time-nuts] FE-5680A Question

Attila Kinali attila at kinali.ch
Sun Feb 26 09:56:12 UTC 2012

On Wed, 15 Feb 2012 12:03:45 -0800
Chris Albertson <albertson.chris at gmail.com> wrote:

> It's like asking why did they change the design so that 5V is
> required, saves the cost of a regulator chip and some caps.  They seem
> to be concerned with saving even $2 on a $1K device.

It's a common misconception to think that the amount of money they try
to safe per device is determined by the cost of the device while it
actually is the number of devices produced.

Saving $2 doesn't matter if you build just one device, no matter
whether it costs $10 or $1000. The time you need to find those $2
costs you more than what you save.

But if you build 100k devices, $2 will save you 200k. With that
budget you can go on for a few months to find those $2 and still
make money out of it.

			Attila Kinali

Why does it take years to find the answers to
the questions one should have asked long ago?

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