Microsoft's new hands-free Kinect games controller has a bill-of-materials (BOM) cost of around $56, according to a teardown carried out by UBM TechInsights.
EETimes has the details:
"Basically, the strength of the design is the huge design win for the Israeli fabless company PrimeSense," said Allan Yogasingam, a technical marketing manager at UBM TechInsights. "They’ve provided the most innovative portion of the Kinect with their image processor, audio and video interface."
Of the roughly $56 BOM, about $17 is attributed to the cost of the PrimeSense reference system, including the cameras, microphones and processor, UBM TechInsights said. Microsoft is planning to retail the Kinect system for $149, and stands to make a healthy profit on each unit, UBM TechInsights noted.
Per unit, that might be a healthy profit, but when you factor in R&D, marketing, production and so on, Microsoft will need to sell a lot of Kinect devices to turn this one into a serious money spinner.
I still think it's going to be some time until we see a Kinectified PC.