Linux User has an interview with Raspberry Pi co-founder Eben Upton
. In it he talks about the design of the low-cost ARMv6-based board, the non-profit status of the company, and its competition. "It’s not entirely clear to me why the Beagleboard is so expensive. Somebody in that Beagleboard value chain has got to be making a pile of money – I mean, $175 for a Pandaboard or $100 for a Beagleboard? Somebody’s got to be amassing a pile of cash there, because that’s a $10 chip in that device. I don’t know why they’re so expensive. Raspberry Pi, in terms of multimedia, outperforms any other dev board in existence – which is nice.
[...] In terms of general purpose computing, it’s got this 700MHz ARM11, and our benchmark shows it’s about 20 per cent slower than a Beagleboard for general purpose computing. But, you know, it’s a quarter of the price – somewhere between a sixth and a quarter of the price – so yeah, I expect that our first customers are going to be Beagleboard-type customers.
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