[time-nuts] Teardown of Chinese made eBay GPS antenna.

William H. Fite omniryx at gmail.com
Thu Feb 22 18:26:32 EST 2018

Ignore intellectual property rights - yes
Abusive labor practices - yes (I'm a radlib, this bothers me enormously)
Counterfeit parts - sometimes


Little or no quality control - not necessarily
Drive out better goods - only if buyers allow to happen


The reason that Chinese manufacturers make and sell cheap crap is because
resellers (I'm looking at you, Americans and Europeans) specify the lowest
possible prices so they can make the highest possible profits.

The Chinese economy is strongly supply-side oriented. Simply put, they
build to the market, with little government regulation. If you go to China
and negotiate for top quality designs, parts, manufacturing processes, and
quality controls, they will happily build you products that match similar
items that come from Rohde & Schwarz or other top-notch manufacturers. That
said, if you want cheap, they'll certainly give you cheap.

When we want someone to blame for garbage in the marketplace, a good place
to look is in the mirror. China is not in the charity business; they build
what people want to buy.

On Thursday, February 22, 2018, djl <djl at montana.com> wrote:

> Fine. The Chinese have no concept of, or ignore, intellectual property
> rights. They will cheerfully use 13 year old girls to put together stuff
> using counterfeit parts and ripped circuits. There is little or no quality
> control. The problem is that these goods drive better goods out of the
> market.
> On 2018-02-22 14:39, William H. Fite wrote:
>> I wish people would lighten up on Chinese goods. Perhaps you are not aware
>> that China builds for and sells to both the DOD and NASA. Chinese
>> manufacturers build to the specs they are given. You want cheap crap,
>> they'll build cheap crap. You want top quality, they'll build top quality.
>> On Thursday, February 22, 2018, Van Horn, David <
>> david.vanhorn at backcountryaccess.com> wrote:
>> According to the data sheet, it looks pretty well in spec, and the part
>>> has thermal shutdown.
>>> http://ww1.microchip.com/downloads/en/DeviceDoc/mic5203.pdf
>>> ESD hit maybe?
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