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Chip PC Technologies Xtreme PC EX6450NG Thin Client Teardown

13 October 2010
The following is an overview of a teardown analysis conducted by IHS Technology Teardown Services.

Overview / Main Features

The Chip PC EX6450NG is a thin client box powered by RMI Corp network processor and runs Windows CE.NET with 128MB of RAM. Other major components include a Silicon Motion Display controller/driver and a National Semiconudctor I/O controller

Chip PC Technologies Xtreme PC EX6450NG Thin Client Main ImageChip PC Technologies Xtreme PC EX6450NG Thin Client Main Image

Target Market

Enterprise

Released

unknown

Chip PC Technologies Xtreme PC EX6450NG Thin Client - Main PCB TopChip PC Technologies Xtreme PC EX6450NG Thin Client - Main PCB Top

Pricing and Availability

Pricing - According to CDW (a major IT industry distributor), the EX6450NG in this configuration cost $349

Availability - assumed global

Volume Estimations

For the purposes of this teardown analysis, we have assumed a lifetime production volume of 1.2M units.

As a reminder, teardown volume production assumptions are primarily used for our cost analysis in terms of amortized NRE and tooling costs, especially for custom components specific to the model being analyzed (mechanical components especially). Unless assumed volumes are different by an order of magnitude, minor changes in volume (say 1 million vs. 2) rarely have a large net effect on our final analysis because of this.

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Cost Notes

Main Cost Drivers Representing ~70% of total materials cost

RMI Corporation - AU1550-500MBD - Security Network Processor - SoC, 32-Bit MIPS32 Core, 500MHz, 16KB I-Cache, 16KB D-Cache, Two 10/100 Ethernet MAC Controllers

Silicon Motion - SM722GX08LF00-AB - Display Controller / Driver - 2D/3D, 128-Bit, 8MB SDRAM Embedded, Supports 1280x1024 Resolution & PCI/AGP Interface, 0.25um 2.5V CMOS

China Circuit Technology (Shantou) Corporation - 8-Layer - FR4, Lead-Free

KSAFC0500200W1US - AC Adapter - 5V, 2A, w/ 6ft Cord & Ferrite Core

Samsung Semiconductor - K4H511638D-ZCB3 - SDRAM - DDR333, 512Mb, 166MHz

Samsung Semiconductor - K4H511638D-ZCB3 - SDRAM - DDR333, 512Mb, 166MHz

M-Systems - MD4832-d512-V3Q18-X-P - Flash - NAND, 512Mb, MLC

National Semiconductor - PC97338VJG - I/O Controller - Super I/O, Plug and Play Compatible

Cirrus Logic - CS4202-JQZ - Audio Codec - High Definition, AC97 2.2 Compliant, 20-Bit Stereo DACs, 18-Bit Stereo ADCs, w/ Headphone Amplifier

Total BOM Cost $42.36

Chip PC Technologies Xtreme PC EX6450NG Thin Client Cost AnalysisChip PC Technologies Xtreme PC EX6450NG Thin Client Cost Analysis


What Is Not Included in our Cost Analysis

The total materials and manufacturing costs reported in this analysis reflect ONLY the direct materials cost (from component vendors and assorted EMS providers), AND manufacturing with basic test. Not included in this analysis are costs above and beyond the material manufacture of the core device itself - cost of intellectual property, royalties and licensing fees (those not already included into the per component price), software, software loading and test, shipping, logistics marketing and other channel costs including not only EMS provider and the OEM's margin, but that of other resellers. Our cost analysis is meant to focus on those costs incurred in the manufacture of the core device and exceptionally in some circumstances the packaging and literature as well.

Manufacturing Notes

Country of Origin / Volume Assumptions

Based on markings, the unit was likely assembled in China.

Country of origin assumptions relate directly to the associated cost of manufacturing, where calculated by iSuppli. In the cases of 'finished' sub-assemblies (such as connectors), we do not calculate internal manufacturing costs, but rather assess the market price of the finished product in which case country of origin assumptions may or may not have a direct effect on pricing.

Remember also that labor rates are applied directly only to hand inserted components and systems in our bill of materials, and although regional assumptions do, these new rates do not have a direct effect on our modeled calculations of placement costs for automated SMD assembly lines. "Auto inserted components (such as SMT components) placement costs are calculated by an iSuppli algorithm which allocates a cost per component based on the size and pincount of the device. This calculation is affected by country or region of origin as well.

Chip PC Technologies Xtreme PC EX6450NG Thin Client - Disassembly View 1Chip PC Technologies Xtreme PC EX6450NG Thin Client - Disassembly View 1

Design for Manufacturing / Device Complexity

The Chip PC EX6450NG has an overall component count of 336, of which, 312 reside on the main PCB.

Component counts have a direct bearing on the overall manufacturing cycle times and costs, and also can increase or decrease overall yields and re-work. Our calculations of manufacturing costs factor counts and more qualitative complexities in the design. The cost of manufacturing is also, to some extent, decreased in this case because of assumed labor rate applied for the China.

Note that manual labor has a much smaller effect on auto-insertion assembly lines (for the Main PCB, for example), where manufacturing costs are much more capital equipment intensive and driven by these investment costs.

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