Re: Batteryless mod.

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Author: Gt.ivan
To: Kaz Kylheku, ada-mp1
Subject: Re: Batteryless mod.
10 bux for one maybe!

26 grand for 26? LMAO!


From: Kaz Kylheku
Sent: Wednesday, October 02, 2013 12:46 AM
Subject: Re: Batteryless mod.

On 27.09.2013 00:45, Kaz Kylheku wrote:
> And so I give you ...
> 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:

My query:

From: Digi-Key Corporation []
Sent: Saturday, September 28, 2013 03:30 PM
To: International Internet
Subject: Sales Inquiry


[ ... ]

Regarding this NVSRAM integrated circuit that holds 8 kilobytes:

It costs $1000 each, and the minimum order is 26 units.  Is that for real?


Digikey Response:


Subject: RE: Sales Inquiry <Kaz Kylheku> Ref 20130928-463966950343
Date: 29.09.2013 06:09
From: DataCenter <>
To: 'Digi-Key Corporation' <>


>>Unfortunately that is correct pricing on that part. It is sold in a minimum quantity of 26. 

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> Customer has question on pricing of product.


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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.



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