Subject: Re: Examples Of Common MCU's In Consumer Electronics?
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NNTP-Posting-Date: Wed, 11 Sep 2002 11:21:01 EDT
Date: Wed, 11 Sep 2002 11:35:03 -0400
"Lewin A.R.W. Edwards" wrote in message
> "Geraldo Sazias"
> > Can someone cite some examples of 'common' (frequently used by
> > MCU's (AVR,PIC and MSP430) being used in consumer and or mass produced
> I asked the same question of a Microchip rep, since PICs are always
> far too expensive for our projects. He said that Visteon uses them in
> automotive electronics. I've also seen PICs used - OCCASIONALLY - in
> smart batteries. I believe a PIC is also used as part of the
> authentication hardware in the Microsoft Xbox.
buying small quantity through distribution in the US versus making a million
units/month in mainland China increases the price at least tenfold . I have
seen incredible numbers for products made in China . I have an example in
mind (can't tell the company or product due to nda) , it retails for $35 in
US stores, is bought wholesale at $15 by a superstore chain , is imported at
$5 from China by an importing company . The Chinese are paid less than $3,
the rest is shipping and customs . BTW, it has a PIC inside , a sensor ,
some other circuitry, I estimated BOM cost here through distribution at $40
Matt Tudor , MSEE