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2021/02/28 12:46:06 (permalink)
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Original costs of early PIC uC

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I hope someone can help with my query. I'm trying to find the original cost of a PIC16C84 back in 1993 when they were first introduced. It was marketed as low cost but I was hoping to get an idea of what low cost meant.
 
Any help would be appreciated.
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    ric
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    Re: Original costs of early PIC uC 2021/02/28 17:04:44 (permalink)
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    Googling "what did a PIC16C84 cost in 1993" throws up 
    http://ww1.microchip.com/...n/DeviceDoc/031693.doc
     

    Suggested retail price for the PIC16C84 is $3.72 in quantities of 10,000

     
     

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    Re: Original costs of early PIC uC 2021/02/28 17:09:52 (permalink)

    I also post at: PicForum
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    Re: Original costs of early PIC uC 2021/02/28 21:44:21 (permalink)
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    ric ...
    it just says "under $5".



    Keep in mind that inflation in the US from 1993 to the present has been a cumulative 81%, so about $9 with in today's smaller dollars.
     
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    Edit 1: "with" -> "in" as marked.
    post edited by GlennP - 2021/02/28 21:53:14
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    Re: Original costs of early PIC uC 2021/03/01 01:55:47 (permalink)
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    Thank you all so much for the help. I think it's always interesting to read how smaller companies with good ideas manage to become successful despite the market dominance of the giants.
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    Re: Original costs of early PIC uC 2021/03/01 13:37:15 (permalink)
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    $1.50 now, PIC16F54 is $0.60.
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    Re: Original costs of early PIC uC 2021/03/02 01:40:16 (permalink)
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    If you want a retail rather than factory price then you might be able to track down a component catalogue from that time. Maplin electronics catalogues appear to be a bit "collectable" and maybe someone would be prepared to scan the relevant pages for you.
     
    My old catalogues went in the bin.
     
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    Re: Original costs of early PIC uC 2021/03/02 10:15:05 (permalink)
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    I'm trying to find the original cost of a PIC16C84 back in 1993 when they were first introduced. It was marketed as low cost but I was hoping to get an idea of what low cost meant.
    I can remember this! Just for a data point, I was in college and needed some simple PICs in late 1995. I ordered quantity=three (3) PIC16C84 from Digi-Key for between $9 and $10 each (they were definitely nine dollars and some number of cents), enough to put me over the $25 minimum. Granted, that's low-quantity purchases from a distributor, but there you go if it helps you understand costs back then. I couldn't afford the UV-erasable PIC16C7x series (lack of easy access to a UV eraser was also a problem) and couldn't afford to buy enough OTP parts to support how badly I make errors.
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    Re: Original costs of early PIC uC 2021/03/02 13:04:07 (permalink)
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    Thanks Jason (it sounds like you are one of the original Jasons like me).
     
    I was at university in the 1990s but I was more interested in electrical power engineering than uCs. It's interesting you talk about the UVPROM, when I tell the students that was the way to 'format' the memory they seem shocked.
     
    Thanks again for your input
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