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Dell T610 Server Motherboard Teardown

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


The Dell T610 server motherboard under analysis here represents the main PCB from the Dell PowerEdge T610 Tower Server featuring an Intel 5520 chipset solution [without CPU or memory modules] which supports up to 2 Intel Xeon processors.

Dell T610 Server Motherboard Main ImageDell T610 Server Motherboard Main Image

Volume Estimations

For the purposes of this analysis, product lifetime volume is presumed to be 400K units.

As a reminder, volume production assumptions are meant primarily to be 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), and not necessarily as a market accurate estimate for a specific model. Our estimations are based on iSuppli market research and we derive rational estimates based on overall market shares of the manufacturer in question, as well as the number of products in a given portfolio and the relative popularity of certain lines of products.

Dell T610 Server Motherboard Cost AnalysisDell T610 Server Motherboard Cost Analysis

Cost Notes

Main Cost Drivers Representing ~65% of Total Direct materials Costs

Delton Technology, Inc. - 8-Layer - FR4, Lead-Free

Intel - AC5520SLGMU - Northbridge - I/O Hub

Broadcom - BCM5709CC0KPBG - Ethernet Controller - Dual-Port, 10/100/1000/2500Base-X, Integrated TCP Processing Engine, RDMA, iSCSI

Intel - NH82801IBSLA9M - Southbridge - I/O Controller Hub (ICH9)

Lattice Semiconductor - LCMXO1200C-3FTN256C - PLD - 1200 LUT's, 211 I/O's, 6.25Kb RAM, 1 PLL, 1.2/1.8/2.5/3.3V

Nuvoton - WPCM450DA0BX - Baseboard Management Controller

Hynix - H26M11002AAR - Flash - eMMC, 1GB, 3.3V

Tyco - 1939738-1 - CPU Socket - LGA1366, w/ Hardware, Metal Lever Lock & Cover

Tyco - 1939738-1 - CPU Socket - LGA1366, w/ Hardware, Metal Lever Lock & Cover

Hynix - HY5PS1G1631CFP-Y5 - SDRAM - DDR2, 1Gb (64M x 16), 1.8V

Insulator - Polycarbonate, Die-Cut, w/ PSA

SMSC - LPC47M534-NS - I/O Controller - Super I/O Device, w/ LPC Interface

Total BOM Cost $192.94

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

The Dell T610 server motherboard is assumed to be produced 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.

Dell T610 Server Motherboard - Mobo Top FADell T610 Server Motherboard - Mobo Top FA

Design for Manufacturing / Device Complexity

The total component counts of the Dell T610 server motherboard are as follows:


Motherboard 3608

Storage Controller PCB 35

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

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.

Dell T610 Server Motherboard - Mobo TopDell T610 Server Motherboard - Mobo Top

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