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Tech Fact Or Fiction? I Should Use SoCs To Keep My Cost Down

Symmetry Electronics Team in Blogs on September 29, 2017

About Symmetry Electronics Team

Established in 1998, Symmetry Electronics is a focused global distributor of wireless connectivity solutions, sensors, and audio-video technologies. Offering comprehensive design support and available-to-ship inventory, Symmetry is committed to helping engineers accelerate time to market, reduce costs, and offer modern solutions for their IoT designs. Acquired by the Berkshire Hathaway company TTI, Inc. in 2017, Symmetry Electronics is headquartered in Los Angeles with international offices in Mexico, Canada, and China.


Tech Fact or Fiction. In this series Symmetry Electronics Appilcation Engineers delve into the common myths and misconceptions which frequently come up and put them to rest, using their expert knowledge and experience. 


Fact or Fiction?

Fiction!

                                                                                                                        Tyler:
This is a great common myth and there is a lot of confusion regarding the topic. The hidden costs of using an SoC almost always outweigh the savings from using an SoC over a module unless your production quantity is very large. This is also a good resource: 



Nimit:
Comparing Soc and Modules is like comparing apples to oranges. Soc and modules can only be compared in the right context such as overall cost of product, design effort involved, time to market, technical expertise available with customer etc.



Anuja:
Although the price of SoCs are less than modules there are a lot of considerations which are involved in making a choice apart from pricing. SoCs do not have any approvals. Getting this approval adds great deal of time delay and monetary costs. Apart from this developing SoCs requires more engineering resources too. There is no correct answer for this. Depending on the use case Symmetry can help you make the right choice!

If there's a common tech myth or misconception you'd like to see answered by the Symmetry Electronics experts email jamess@symmetryelectronics.com


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Symmetry Electronics Team in Blogs on September 29, 2017

About Symmetry Electronics Team

Established in 1998, Symmetry Electronics is a focused global distributor of wireless connectivity solutions, sensors, and audio-video technologies. Offering comprehensive design support and available-to-ship inventory, Symmetry is committed to helping engineers accelerate time to market, reduce costs, and offer modern solutions for their IoT designs. Acquired by the Berkshire Hathaway company TTI, Inc. in 2017, Symmetry Electronics is headquartered in Los Angeles with international offices in Mexico, Canada, and China.

Why partner with Symmetry Electronics? Symmetry's technical staff is specially trained by our suppliers to provide a comprehensive level of technical support. Our in-house Applications Engineers provide free design services to help customers early in the design cycle, providing solutions to save them time, money and frustration. Contact Symmetry for more information.

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