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USB key - size vs. price


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Obviously, the more information a USB key can hold, the more expensive it is. But, I was wondering if it really costs that much more to manufacture larger keys. Physically, they seem to be the same size to me.

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You've got to cram more of the Flash chip in that space, so it's bound to be more expensive.

 

Just like how a laptop can have the same specs as a desktop, but be more expensive, solely because it's harder to design something that can fit all those components into such a small case.

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but, if you've already got, say 512mb of memory available, how much more would it be to make double that flash chip? In terms of material cost, I can't see why it would cost that much more.

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If the 512MB takes up the same form factor, you've got to make everything half as big for a 1GB one, which would cost alot more in terms of dev (I know this isn't 100% true, but extream advantage)...

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If the 512MB takes up the same form factor, you've got to make everything half as big for a 1GB one, which would cost alot more in terms of dev (I know this isn't 100% true, but extream advantage)...

 

Given a set of steppers, it is always 100 percent true. The pricing model for IC fabrication is almost identical to that in the printing and press industry.

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