3G Vita Components Estimated to Cost $159
A tech firm has done a full teardown on the handheld and counted up the cost of its parts.
Consulting firm UBM TechInsights managed to get their hands on the 3G model of the PlayStation Vita, so they did what any reasonable person would do: tear it apart to see what's inside.
Turns out, there's quite a bit of technology stuffed in there. UBM put together an exhaustive list of all the components, sorted by manufacturer.
- Sony CXD5315GG – Quad-core processor with two Samsung K4P2G324EC 256 MB Mobile DDR2-S4 SDRAM Memory die (512MB total memory)
- Toshiba THGBM3G5D1FBAIE – Multichip Memory Package – Memory and Memory Controller
- Marvell 88W878S-BKB2 – Avastar WLAN/Bluetooth/FM Single-Chip System-on-Chip
- Fujitsu MB44C026A – Possible Multichannel Switching Controller
- Sony 1144KM427 – suspected AKM Magnetic Compass
- Wolfson Micro WM1803E – Audio Codec
- Qualcomm MDM6200 – Gobi Single-mode Modem
- Qualcom PM8028 – Power Management IC
- Toshiba TY890A111222KA – Mobile SDR SDRAM Memory
- Kionix KXTC9 – Three-axis MEMS accelerometer
- Avago ACPM-7868 – GSM Power Amplifier
- Avago ACPM-5005 – W-CDMA Band V Power Amplifier Module
- Avago ACPM-5001 – W-CDMA Band I Power Amplifier Module
- Avago ACPM-5002 – W-CDMA Band II Power Amplifier Module
- Avago ACPM-5008 – W-CDMA Band VIII Power Amplifier Module
- EPCOS B7429 – SAW Duplexer
- Sony CXM3555ER – SP10T Antenna Switch Module
- Atmel MXT224 – 224-Channel Touchscreen Sensor
- STMicroelectronics 32P10SOD
- STMicroelectronics 3GA51H – Gyroscope
According to a report from Eurogamer, the cost for those parts breaks down thusly:
- Display and touchscreens: $50
- Battery: $3.60
- Cameras: $3.50
- Wi-Fi/BT/GPS: $3.50
- NAND: $6.00
- SDRAM: $9.25
- Processor: $16.00
- BB+XCR: $16.25
- Non-electronic: $11.00
- Other: $30.00
- Supporting materials: $10.00
For those of you without a calculator handy, the grand total comes to $159.10, or a little more than half of the system's $299 MSRP.
Of course, we should note that the tally doesn't factor in the cost of production, marketing, or R&D, all of which substantially increase overhead. Still, it appears that Sony will be turning a sizable profit on every Vita sold, meaning there's ample room for a price cut should the need arise.
You'll be able to get your hands on a Vita when it goes on sale in North American and Europe on February 22. We don't recommend disassembling it once you do.