Niels Mayer wrote:
> It seems like after so many years of production, now that they've
I wouldn't agree that RME should switch to VLSI. I also wouldn't say it
is entirely fair to blame the cost on them using FPGAs.
FPGAs can be quite cheap. Ignoring the mixer for a moment, the FPGA for
a 64 channel matrix + numerous input and output channels + high speed
link to other cards + PCI interface would be about about $15-20 in
quantities of one. Expect discounts for 1000 units, and more discounts
for 10,000 units.
A VLSI would cost millions to make. They might have to move 100,000
units using the exact same chip at the exact same card price to break
even, and if RME was that high volume of a vendor, then their FPGA
prices would be much lower than the list prices one can find online.
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