The number I've heard bandied about was $15K for the some of the first Aarch64 boards/systems.
I think you are comparing apples and oranges. I don't believe in $15K Aarch64 system for a nanosecond. Boards, sure, this is about what you can expect from brand-new architecture. I remember how we've developed software for $5 cryptogadget (that's retail price, bulk prices were about 2-3 times smaller and CPU itself was well below $0.5). Development board for a CPU was $5K.
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