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Samsung SMT-H6106 Set-Top Box Teardown

13 November 2009
The following is an overview of a teardown analysis conducted by IHS Technology Teardown Services.

Overview / Main Features

The Samsung SMT-H6106 is a hybrid satellite and IPTV set top box designed for the European market. The SMT-H6106 is primarily a ST Micro audio/video decoder and Intel demodulator/tuner solution.

Target Market

Satellite / IPTV service providers



Pricing and Availability

Pricing - Reference pricing is not available since content providers only leases equipment to subscribers as part in parcel of their television service package.

Availability - Europe

Samsung SMT-H6106 Set-Top Box - Main PCB BottomSamsung SMT-H6106 Set-Top Box - Main PCB Bottom

Cost Notes

Main Cost Drivers Representing ~60% of total materials cost

ST Microelectronics - STi7109TWD - Set Top Box Decoder - HD/SD, 32-Bit 266MHz ST40 RISC CPU, for H.264 & Microsoft WMA9

SST - SST85LD1002L-60-RI-LBTE - SSD - 2GB NAND Flash, w/ NAND Controller, & ATA / IDE Bus Interface

Sharp - Satellite Tuner Module Value Line Item - ZIF, DVBS2 QPSK/8PSK & DirecTV, Full NIM

Apex Circuit (Thailand) Co. Ltd. - 4-Layer - FR4, Lead-Free

Power Supply - Input: 230V, 0.3A, 50Hz, Output: 3.3V/1.5A, 5V/0.3A, 5V/2A, 5.7V/1.2A, 12V/0.7A (32W)

Qimonda - HYB25DC512160CE-5 - SDRAM - DDR400, 512 Mb, 2.5V (Qty:2)

Tuner Module Value Line Item - DVB-C/DVB-T/ISDB-T, Half NIM

Samsung Semiconductor - KFG1216U2B-DIB6 - Flash - OneNAND, SLC, 512Mb, 3.3V, 66MHz

Qimonda - HYB25DC256160CE-5 - SDRAM - DDR400, 256 Mb, 2.5V (Qty:2)

Enclosure, Main, Bottom - Stamped / Formed Galvanized Steel, Printed, w/ 2 Integral Joints

Intel - WJCE6353 - Demodulator - DVB-T COFDM Terrestrial, for PC-TV and DTV

Enclosure, Main, Top - Stamped / Formed Galvanized Steel, Painted

Sanyo - 6TPE150M - Tantalum Conductive Polymer - Encapsulated, 6.3V, 150uF, 105C, 20%, Low ESR (Qty:6)

Total BOM Cost $66.32

Samsung SMT-H6106 Set-Top Box Cost AnalysisSamsung SMT-H6106 Set-Top Box 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 assembled in Indonesia. Furthermore, we have assumed that custom mechanicals (plastics, metals, etc.) were also sourced in Indonesia.

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 power supply), 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.

Design for Manufacturing / Device Complexity

The Samsung SMT-H6106 set top has an overall component count of 1534 (excluding box contents). As a comparison, typical QAM-based DVR set top boxes have complexity levels of 2000 parts or more.

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 Indonesia.

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.

Samsung SMT-H6106 Set-Top Box - Disassembly View 1Samsung SMT-H6106 Set-Top Box - Disassembly View 1

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