An Anan 100D is now selling for $3000. If the Chinese were making a SDR it could cost 1/7 as much or $428.
Now there is the REAL gamechanger. Every ham will have a SDR in the Shack.
This will be the Game Changer - Affordability
A fair point, but you cannot buy the chips to make a performance SDR (the Gamechanger rig) like the Flex6x or Anan, Hermes that cheaply.
So it won't matter if you base your company in China.
The UK rep for Flex tells me the FGPAs run them to about $1k wholesale.
Cyclone FGPAs (found in the Anan rig) are made by Altera of California.
The Virtex FGPA (found in the Flex 6700) are made by Xilinx of San Jose too.
Know of any equivalent cheap Chinese FGPA chips?
I think not, but I am open to ideas....
And this application is not suddenly going to make them cost ten bucks, it's a tiny market in the global scale of things (ham radio).
So I don't see the Chinese independently developing this technology too far - there is no financial incentive.
Japanese rig manufacturers? - sure that made sense, especially given the volume of loyal hams in the domestic market.
And most of the technology was not new, nor expensive to implement. As an aside it was popular in the US too.
So a slightly different ball-park.