[sdiy] SSM2164 last time buy.... Leave a feedback at AD..

mark verbos mverbos at earthlink.net
Mon Feb 4 23:43:17 CET 2013


On Feb 4, 2013, at 1:21 PM, Phil Macphail wrote:

> To put this in perspective, the pollution legislation in California has
> closed almost all of the older fabs in Silicon Valley.
> Looking at the numbers in more detail, the AD fab was a 6" one, and no-one
> is going to a) move a 6" process to a new fab or b) migrate the process to
> an 8" fab. Even if they did a single 8" wafer would produce around 14000
> parts, and there are usually 12 wafers in a carousel for a total of over
> 160,000 chips. A small foundry *might* run a split carousel bringing this
> down to 80,000 die, and a wafer might keep for 2 years before it is
> considered unreliable to package, so even for the most benevolent foundry
> you need to shift 50-100 thousand parts/ year just to avoid waste. When
> you look at the economics then why would you process a design that might
> take years to sell when you can do an alternative that sells in weeks?
> So it is an unfortunate fact of business life that dictates this
> situation. Rather than have a pop at AD it would be far more beneficial to
> support the likes of THAT - they are in business for different reasons and
> are happy producing smaller quantities of parts. That is a much better
> match to any niche analogue market than any publicly listed company will
> ever be.
> On 04/02/2013 19:41, "David G Dixon" <dixon at mail.ubc.ca> wrote:
>>>> I really think you're wasting your time.  If they *do*
>>>> restart SSM2164 production it'll be because of a large
>>>> sustained business opportunity.
>>>> Intellijel is small-fry.  Several thousand a year is
>>>> nothing.  If you came along and asked for several thousand a
>>>> week, maybe.
>>> Intellijel is just one of many, though, and all synth manufacturers now
>> use 2164 for VCAs and filters.
>> I realize that the entire synth industry doesn't amount to a hill of
>> beans,
>> but what the hell?  It's worth a try.
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