Go Down

Topic: Has Atmel significantly raised 8-bit MCU prices recently or is this Digikey? (Read 5675 times) previous topic - next topic

JoeN

From my records:  1/23/2013  ATMEGA328P-AU-ND MCU AVR 32K FLASH 32TQFP  25 @ 1.9156 =   $47.89

Price now is $2.9024 @ qty 25.

I remember from memory that I paid about $1.96 also at qty 25 for the ATMEGA328P-PU (DIP version) around July or August 2013 and also around December in a second buy.  Now they are $3.34 for 10, $2.74 for 100, qty 25 is gone.

I don't mind price increases, but these ones are significant - 52% in the case of the QFP version.  What gives?  It doesn't seem to be a shortage, Digikey has a good number of these chips.  Did Atmel really raise prices this much?
I will never ask you to do anything that I wouldn't do myself.

Coding Badly


Looks like there is a little blame for Atmel and a little blame for DigiKey (prices @ 1)...
Mouser: $3.12
Arrow: $2.20
Avnet Express: $3.5718

Over the last few years I've seen the prices fluctuate wildly for AVR processors.  Bear in mind they are essentially commodities.


JoeN


octopart.com has historical chip prices.


I didn't know that.  It's interesting.  It puts the lowest price ever at $2.29 and I have a record of getting it for $1.92 for 25 on 1/21/13 while it puts the price at $2.63 on that date.  I wonder if this is for quantity 1 for all suppliers or some averaging over all quantities and all suppliers.  The methodology isn't mentioned.  It has the prices higher than what I paid for back then and now gives prices lower than what Digikey wants (now $3.10 @ 25, $2.90 @ 25 when I posted this two days ago!)

PEAK AVR!   ]:)

But yeah, it went down and I bought it in a down area and it went back up.

I will never ask you to do anything that I wouldn't do myself.

boredtodeath

I buy mine mostly from eBay Australia and I look take float around aliexpress.

On eBay, I use to see packs of the 328p-pu dip's for I think $7-$8 and that was for four or five units. But now you are lucky to see two units.

I wish I had kept better track of the whole pricing thing, and am I wishing that I had gotten a few more about a year ago.

I see the darkness, and the light.

What is that behind you?

Grumpy_Mike

A lot of those price changes can be put down to currency fluctuations.

JoeN

This has forced me to go count what I have left to make sure Atmel doesn't leave me high and dry.

14 ATMega328P-PUs out of the initial buys of 60 (10 came from Jameco with bootloaders which I don't use).
11 ATMega328-PUs out of the buy of 25.
16 ATMega32P-AU out of the buy of 25.

Lots of ATTinys still - 25 ATTINY88-PU, 48 ATTiny85-20PU, 22 ATTiny85-20SHR.  All a lot cheaper when I ordered them.

Various other chips - Mega, XMega, UC3 via sampling.

I should be set for a bit.  Waiting for the price to come back down...
I will never ask you to do anything that I wouldn't do myself.

boredtodeath

I don't know about you guys and girls, but I would like to see some reliable Chinese place on eBay selling microcontrollers in individual and in lots.
I see the darkness, and the light.

What is that behind you?

polypagan

I avoid eBay.

http://m.banggood.com/index.php?com=search&t=search&keywords=atmel avoid eBay.

There are 10 kinds of people in the world, those who understand binary, and those who don't.

liuzengqiang

USA price (used whichever cheaper, mouser or digikey, Newark was never the best deal.)
2/17/2012 Mouser 100 ATMEGA328P-PU for $290 $2.9/each
10/15/2012 Digikey 112 same chip for $202, $1.8/each
5/12/2013 Mouser 112 same chip for $202, $1.8/each
3/3/2014 Mouser 112 same chip for $304, $2.7/each

Yes, the price has gone up but I can't help it. Have to have many of those suckers for my kits and builds. I have less than 100 left. Will take a vacation so please keep me posted on the price. I really should have dumped $200 towards the end of last year on more chips. Now I wasted about $100 extra. You never run out of ideas where to put them on a new design or build existing ones.

Plus, please buy multiples of 14 (14/tube) so they don't have to cut a tube. ;)
Serial LCD keypad panel,phi_prompt user interface library,SDI-12 USB Adapter

CrossRoads

$1.84 each in 100 lots
http://www.mouser.com/ProductDetail/Atmel/ATMEGA328P-PU/?qs=%2fha2pyFadujcrAcowhVCzj0vtgCenYitTBfrdeSNJnmn1EI7EVhhFw%3d%3d
None in stock tho, 6000+ arriving 4/21

$2.73 each in 100 lots
http://www.digikey.com/product-search/en?lang=en&site=us&KeyWords=atmega328p-pu


$2.32 each in 100 lots
https://avnetexpress.avnet.com/store/em/EMController?term=atmega328p-pu&action=products&langId=-1&storeId=500201&catalogId=500201&hbxSType=&N=0&filterButton=true&x=12&y=9

High price looks like a digikey thing
Designing & building electrical circuits for over 25 years.  Screw Shield for Mega/Due/Uno,  Bobuino with ATMega1284P, & other '328P & '1284P creations & offerings at  my website.

CrossRoads

$2.77 for bootloaded & labelled parts, mailed inexpensively from Niagara Falls, Canada
http://www.dipmicro.com/store/CPU-ARD328P         Uno bootloader
http://www.dipmicro.com/store/CPU-ARD328P-DUE Duemilanove bootloader
Designing & building electrical circuits for over 25 years.  Screw Shield for Mega/Due/Uno,  Bobuino with ATMega1284P, & other '328P & '1284P creations & offerings at  my website.

liuzengqiang

I know, mouser has run out. I got a hundred before they ran out, at $2.8 each. I will be waiting and placing an order when they are back in stock. Good call, placed it in my scheduler. Forgot that myself and no taxes!

Yeah, the nice labeled ones from dipmicro.com Just not enough to go around. Bootloading takes 9 seconds with Optiloader.
Serial LCD keypad panel,phi_prompt user interface library,SDI-12 USB Adapter

CrossRoads

Order them now - they will ship in a week when  they arrive.
Designing & building electrical circuits for over 25 years.  Screw Shield for Mega/Due/Uno,  Bobuino with ATMega1284P, & other '328P & '1284P creations & offerings at  my website.

CrossRoads

I think if you bootload from atmel studio, it is even quicker as it only writes the bootload code, and not the whole chip.
Not worth it for 1, takes more than 9 seconds for atmel studio to open. Haven't tried with my new Lenovo W530, see how much faster than old Sony Viao.
Designing & building electrical circuits for over 25 years.  Screw Shield for Mega/Due/Uno,  Bobuino with ATMega1284P, & other '328P & '1284P creations & offerings at  my website.

Go Up