In this episode of Outsourcing Things You Should Know you'll learn about:
Three types of price for electronic components
1. Book Price
2. Broken Price
3. Direct Price
The cost of printed circuit board assemblies (PCBAs) is usually dominated by the component costs when outsourcing. But how are those costs determined? The production price you see from distributors is controlled by the manufacturers through a system called "ship from stock and debit."
Xilinx vs. Flextronics Article: http://blog.optimumdesign.com/xilinx-v-flextronics-insight-to-a-gray-market