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I perhaps didn't make quite clear what my invocation/interpretation of the inverse actually meant. What I should have said was, as the process width decreases, the the price would likely go up, (on the narrower process), in the inverse ratio to the size decrease. So, a wafer with chips 1/4 the area of the previous, then the price for it would possibly be 4 times as much..

The price increase from 7nm to 5 nm is almost double, so this would , (to some extent), bear out my reasoning..
There are also other factors, power reduction especially. But yes, at some point making same chip on newer process gets more expensive. Just because new development of new high end nodes get more and more expensive all the time. Still, there are customers willing to pay for them so why not...
There was one huge aberration in those cost figures at the widest end, (90 nm), where the cost per chip is listed at about $2,500..! Does that mean, if for old time's sake, ("Auld Lang Syne"), I wanted Samsung to cook me a batch of P-4s, they'd cost me $2,500 a pop? :eek:
No. That was listed on source as example. They use huge chip on 5nm process as example (15B transistors?) and then scaled same transistor count on other nodes, meaning 90nm node might need several wafers for same transistor count. No worries, Pentium 4 (90nm) has only 125M transistors.
Throughout the summer (?) I did cop a bunch of the 250 & 500GB 860s and 870s for $35.00-$40.00 (250 GB) & $55.00 to $60.00 for the 500 GB models.

I just grabbed a 500 GB 870 from B & H for $60.00, $4.00 less than their asking price for the the 250 GB ATM..

I know these drives aren't enough to impress the hard core here at Techspot, but they sure do pep up the archaic junkers I'm running. :laughing:
Pretty cheap, on some categories this shortage seems not to affect too much...