nice review as always HSD, very thurough.
There is one thing that I don't think is right, but not sure.
The Chip is smaller than itís predecessors. Itís a lot smaller, roughly two-thirds the size of the Xenium Ice Chip. The Xenium 24k Gold is still using the same AMD and Xilinx Chips that theyíve been using for years now. Itís also clear that the Gold is a consolidation, as it has fewer surface mounted components then itís ICE predecessor. Less components, should equal cheaper to produce.
well, yes, the PCB is smaller BUT it is goldplated and it has internal signal layers, not just bottom and top layers like the old chip had. So I think the PCB might actually be a little bit more expensive. It even has gold plating, should be more expensive than normal white or so that they used before. As for the chip count its pretty much exactly the same. They have just squezed the components tighter together. But then again, I'm not sure. Just my guess.