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Fomu – An FPGA board that fits inside your USB port (crowdsupply.com)
12 points by kristianp 27 days ago | hide | past | web | favorite | 3 comments

A bit pricy, but cool idea. The actual FPGA chip at the core of this is only $4, so paying $40 for a plastic holder and a small circuit board seems a lot!

Just means it’s realistically priced. Typical bill of materials for consumer electronics is 1/9 to 1/12 the msrp. This allows for ~3x markup for manufacturer and ~3x markup for store front. Not sure why 3x is such a magic number, but it seems to be a good target for the last 40 years.

True, but in this case, the design work is much lower than most products - just an FPGA hooked up with the recommended schematic and a couple of weeks work integrating a free CPU core with free tools and a free software stack.

Granted, they might not sell enough of these to pay for even a small amount of design work.

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