iSuppli: The Kindle 2 Costs $US185.49 to Build

According to an iSuppli teardown, the Kindle 2 costs $US185 to build—or about half the device's $US360 sticker price. That's $US176.83 in parts, $8.66 in construction costs. Here's the major component breakdown:

E Ink Display (by E Ink)
$US60

EVDO (by Novatel)
$US39.50

Baseband Processor (by Qualcomm)
$US13.18

8-Layer Printed Circuit Board (by Multek)
$US9.83

532MHz Multimedia Application Processor (by Freescale Semiconductor)
$US8.64

Battery (by LICO Tech)
$US7.50

Main Enclosure
$US4.45

(Interestingly enough, the main enclosure costs more than the than the RAM or Flash storage.) Keep in mind that this price excludes Amazon's costs for EVDO service, along with the standard R&D, shipping, yada, yada. [iSuppli]