So the Raspberry Pi and surrounding user base as well as the foundation itself have always been about the educational market. This is, however not their only market.
If somebody theoretically funded/crowdfunded a bounty for the Pi Foundation to make an "enthusiast" grade (for my lack of a better term) Raspi, and the Pi Foundation sold it alongside the existing pis (continuing support) for a similar price point (profit percentage) what do you figure the price point would be for the following specs?
New Arm A72 cpu archetecture
4gb DDr3 ram
Obviously other portions of the board would have to change as well.
How much does the initial design phase for this kind of thing typically cost? Like how much would it realistically take to make it advantageous for the Pi foundation? Of course, this is pure speculation on my part regarding feasibility, so I guess that would be my next question:
Is the difference in the archetecture of the A72 that was recently released and the SOC on the Pi minimal enough that core functionality (kernel and OS) could remain as dead-simple as it has been? When they released the Pi 3, Pi2 functionality was untouched (nearly) as the two were cross compatible. Is this a poor assumtion in general to make?
Also, would we even notice the pergormance gains? I understand the Pi is working off of a 32-bit OS. Would say, Python multiprocessing libraries notice a gain in oomph? Or is the infrastructure of the Pi such that it would be the limiting factor for such a device?
The reason I ask is that lately a lot of hype has been generated for so-called faster boards than the Pi. I splurged ( not that it cost that much anyways) and got an ODROID-C2. I was overall impressed by the performance and presentation, but in general documentation seems sparse. Plus, a lot of people have had USB3 and GBE on the order list for a while. Not that it's detracted from the overall product (in my opinion), it just seems like the logical progression of the device. I, for one, would gladly throw a couple hundred dollars at an upgraded raspi if it was packing the kinds of responsiveness that some of these embedded devices(read as: mobile phones and tablets) have.
What are the common pitfalls to this sort of thing? And do you think that the Foundation would even consider jumstarting this idea if it was community-backed?
Thanks in advance!