On 27.09.2013 00:45, Kaz Kylheku wrote: > > And so I give you ... > > http://www.cypress.com/?docID=34302 > > There is a good chance that this STK12C68-5 chip can be popped into an > MP-1, eliminating the battery. (As you can see, it has an "STK" part > number: this was a Simtek part.)
Turns out Digikey wants $1000 a pop for these chips. Not only that, but for all that cash, they won't sell you just one. You have to buy 26 of them minimum for 26 grand! I e-mailed them if that was for real:
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Regarding this NVSRAM integrated circuit that holds 8 kilobytes:
It costs $1000 each, and the minimum order is 26 units. Is that for real?
|Subject:||RE: Sales Inquiry <Kaz Kylheku> Ref 20130928-463966950343|
|To:||'Digi-Key Corporation' <email@example.com>|
>>Unfortunately that is correct pricing on that part. It is sold in a minimum quantity of 26.
Inbound Sales Representative
701 Brooks Ave. South
Thief River Falls, MN 56701 USA
800.344.4539 ext 2424
> Customer has question on pricing of product.
Let me know if I can be of further assistance.
Technical Support Specialist II ‑ Export Classification
701 Brooks Ave S
Thief River Falls, MN 56701
Phone: 1‑800‑344‑4539, ext. 2214
Fax : 1‑218‑681‑3380
And then I wrote them this. (No response):
Sorry, a thousand dollars for an 8 kilobyte memory chip is ... well ... shit bat crazy!
Is this just a way of saying "we don't really have the chip in stock, and it's a real hassle to get it, so please don't order it?"
I could be horribly wrong here, but I suspect the only market for these obsolete chips are cash-strapped hobbyists converting some old electronic gear not to require a coin battery for maintaining its settings.