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HTC Vive Virtual Reality Head-Mounted Display

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HTC Vive VR headset System Plus Consulting

Detailed analysis of HTC's smart approach to the VR experience

The Virtual Reality (VR) market has raised expectations extremely high. It is already worth several billion US dollars per year and growing rapidly, with millions of headsets due to be sold in coming years.

Three main companies lead thiHTC CMOS Image Sensor Die System Plus Consultings new market: HTC Corporation, Oculus VR, which was bought by Facebook in 2014 for $2 billion, and Sony Playstation.
They think this market has enough potential to invest billions of dollars to get ahead of their competitors. Most other major manufacturers also want good market shares, including Microsoft, Intel, Google, AMD, Samsung, Huawei, Archos and Alcatel.

Winning in this market is now HTC’s all-or-nothing strategy. The HTC Vive VR Head-Mounted Display (HMD) is aimed at saving HTC from collapse. Vive VR can be used in different sectors, including gaming, entertainment, health, automotive, retail and education. It promises a premium VR experience.

This very well-designed system uses established components, including two 1200x1080 pixel AMOLED displays manufactured by Samsung, for a total resolution of 2160x1200 pixels. These are the main parts of the over 2850 electronic and mechanical components System Plus Consulting has identified in the headset. There are also several MCUs, FPGAs, processors, interface ICs, MEMS sensors, photodiodes, and a camera module including an Omnivision Global Shutter Motion Detector.

Based on a complete teardown of the HTC Vive VR Headset, this report is a detailed physical, technology and cost analysis.

HTC Vive VR headset System Plus Consulting



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Table of contents

Overview / Introduction

> Executive Summary
> Main Chipset
> Block Diagram
> Reverse Costing Methodology


Company profile

> Company Profile HTC Corporation


Physical Analysis

> Content of the Box
> Views and Dimensions of the Headset
> Headset Opening
> Fresnel Lens Details
> Display Details
> Main Electronic Board
- Top side – overview
- Top side – high definition photo
- Top side – PCB markings
- Top side – main component markings
- Top side – main component identification
- Top side – other component markings
- Top side – other component identification
- Bottom side – high definition photo
- Bottom side – component identification
> IR Photodiode Flex
> Front Camera Flex
> Microphone Flex
> Proximity Sensor Flex
> Display Flex 1 & 2

Cost Analysis

> Estimating the BOM
> PCB Cost
> BOM Cost – Main Electronic Board
> BOM Cost – IR Photodiode Flex
> BOM Cost – Front Camera Flex
> BOM Cost – Microphone Flex
> BOM Cost – Proximity Sensor Flex
> BOM Cost – Display Flex 1 & 2
> Housing Parts – Estimation
> Material Cost Breakdown by Sub-Assembly
> Material Cost Breakdown by Component Category
> Estimating Added Value (AV) cost
> Electronic Board Manufacturing Flow
> Details of the Main Electronic Board AV Cost
> Details of the System Assembly AV Cost
> Added-Value Cost Breakdown
> Manufacturing Cost Breakdown

Estimated Price Analysis

> Estimation of the Manufacturing Price
> Estimation of the Selling Price























About the authors


System Plus Consulting specializes in the cost analysis of electronics, from semiconductor devices to electronic systems.

Created more than 20 years ago, System Plus Consulting has developed a complete range of services, costing tools and reports to deliver in-depth production cost studies and estimate the objective selling price of a product.

System Plus Consulting engineers are experts in:

  • Integrated Circuits 
  • Power Devices & Modules 
  • MEMS & Sensors
  • Photonics 
  • LED 
  • Imaging 
  • Display 
  • Packaging 
  • Electronic Boards & Systems.

Through hundreds of analyses performed each year, System Plus Consulting offers deep added-value reports to help its customers understand their production processes and determine production costs. Based on System Plus Consulting’s results, manufacturers are able to compare their production costs to those of competitors.

System Plus Consulting is a sister company of Yole Développement.

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  • Detailed photos

  • Material analysis

  • Complete and priced bill-of-materials for the headset

  • Manufacturing process flow of the electronic board and rigid-flex PCBs of the headset

  • Manufacturing cost analysis

  • Selling price estimate