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#1 Zalfa Chamoun

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Posted 23 March 2009 - 05:47 AM

Hi there,

I'm looking for an estimate of how much the Cypressa 'Oscar' CMOS would cost Arri?

Anyone have an idea?

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#2 georg lamshöft

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Posted 23 March 2009 - 06:23 AM

As you might imagine, nobody (except ARRI/Cypress) can say that for sure.

Kodak priced CCDs (@ the size of Super35) with approx. 650$ - architectures that are produced many thousand times. That's the point of costs in silicon technology: It's not the material and manufacturing itself, it's R&D and investments in the fab.
The D21/Arriscan uses a custom-designed architecture developed by Frauenhofer in which quantity? 1000? How many sensors do they have to throw away to get a perfect one? Panavision said they need 600 Sony-sensors to get one for their Genesis? This is professional equipment not something that has to work most of time to satisfy most customers.

So what? My guess: A few hundred Euros for one sensor, paying for fab/R&D/selection - propably 10-50 times as much!?

Your question was: Do they buy chinese electronics for a few Euros, print ARRI on it, sell it for 150000€ and laugh at stupid customers willing to pay for a name when they could sell it RED-style for 130000€ less? Am I right? I don't think so.
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