Integrated Passive Component Technology, Wiley-IEEE Press, 2003

The Economics of Embedded Passives

P. Sandborn
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742


Economics encompasses an assessment of the total life cycle cost of a design decision where the life cycle includes the design, manufacturing, testing, marketing, sustainment, and end-of-life of the product. The decision to convert discrete passives to embedded passives is much further reaching than simply reducing the cost of part procurement and paying more for the board. There are a host of other cost and benefit issues to be considered that translate into life cycle economics at some level. In this chapter we attempt to touch on the economic attributes of a system's design, production, and support that impact the decision to use embedded passives.

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