Diane Trout (alienghic) wrote,
Diane Trout
alienghic

Dang... Ok so Gibson got some of the details off...

A hard core hardware maker wanders a 6 story electronic "flea" market. So it doesn't have the cyber-chop shops--
though the shops that riped apart older equipment to resell its parts are close. The feel of re-purposed items stacked next to components so bleeding edge you can't even find their data sheets, that certainly screams cyberpunk.

Akihabara, Eat Your Heart Out

Oh my god! Sony CCD and CMOS camera elements, I couldn’t buy those in the US if I pulled teeth out of the sales reps–and behind the counter, the guy sometimes has a datasheet–ask for it. A stack of Micrel regulator chips–over there, a Blackfin DSP chip for sale. The smell, the bustle, the hustle. It’s the ultimate electronic component flea market. Over here, a lady counting 256 Mbit DRAM chips…trays of 108 components, stacked twenty high, a row of perhaps 10 of them–she has the equivalent of Digikey’s entire stock of DRAM chips sitting right in front of me.
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