[rescue] Some days ....
mcguire at neurotica.com
Sun Jun 8 15:26:50 CDT 2003
On Sunday, June 8, 2003, at 04:12 PM, Curtis H. Wilbar Jr. wrote:
> Even the processor ??? I don't think the 8086/8088 was that old when
> IBM adopted it for the PC, so I fail to see how the processor could
> only been a few $. Other than the processor, most components on there
> were probably pretty cheap.... especially in IBM's quantity purchase of
Sorry, even the processor. Jameco Electronics' price on the 8088 was
$39.95 in January of 1983 (that's the most relevant data point I could
come up with on short notice)...That company isn't known for low chip
prices, and that's quantity 1. Places like JDR Microdevices had them
for about $30, going down to $20 in qty. 25.
I wasn't speculating...I've *bought* the blasted things.
Companies like IBM get special discounts even beyond sheer quantity.
I'd guess they probably paid $6-7/ea for 8088s...though that *is*
Dave McGuire "I've grown hair again, just
St. Petersburg, FL for the occasion." -Doc Shipley
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