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Samsung Chromebook Series 5 Has $344 BOM

Teardown specialist iSuppli has carried out its regular "bill of materials" analysis on the Samsung Series 5 laptop, the first Chromebook available in the US Market, and found out that the total cost of materials including manufacturing costs was just shy of $335, leaving the retailer, the manufacturer and other third parties to share the estimated $165 profits.

The bulk of the cost of the Chromebook is attributed to the motherboard which contains an Intel Atom N570 dual core CPU, the chipset, the TPM module, 2GB RAM and a number of other chips; iSuppli says that the price of the unit was $86.37 or roughly a quarter of the total manufacturing cost of the unit.

iSuppli did not provide a more detailed analysis of the motherboard, but it looks like Samsung must have managed to get a pretty good deal from Intel for the NM10 and the N570 parts as the semiconductor giant lists the N570 alone for $86 on its website with the NM10 costing an additional $20.

The LCD, a 12.1-inch Backlit model made by Samsung itself, costs $58 with the battery, which costs $48.20, also a product of a Samsung affiliate. Those two parts together account for nearly a third of the BOM of the Samsung Chromebook.

iSuppli also notes that the 3G WWAN module accounted for more than one eighth of the BOM and was sourced from Hon Hai Precision Technology and Qualcomm. As for the SSD, Samsung chose to source it from Sandisk rather than use its own, because it doesn't currently produce small capacity SSDs. The rest of the BoM analysis can be found here (opens in new tab).

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.