Chip prices keeps Sony from launching new models a rumors says, but why I wonder?

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Entropy512 Veteran Member • Posts: 5,252
Not prices
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None of the rumors have said anything about prices.

It's simple supply shortage, with a few small exceptions (scalpers), many semiconductors simply cannot be obtained at any price unless you already had a contract for N units.

As others have said, Sony does have their own fabs for some semiconductors, but plenty of components are likely not sourced by Sony. For example, I don't think Sony has their own in-house BMS/battery charge controller design, it's likely off the shelf.

All DRAM and flash memory is from third parties. The A7R2 had, in addition to the BIONZ, a Fujitsu Cortex-M3 - and Cortex-M parts from pretty much any manufacturer have become notorious for severe shortages lately. The wifi module is a third party off the shelf product too.

https://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/Sony+a7R+II+Teardown/45597

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