Considering the amount of haggling the Raspberry Pi foundation had to do with their component suppliers, PCB servicing and with Broadcom itself, I honestly doubt there'll be anyone on this planet that can produce a raspberry pi for less than $25 and still make a profit. The foundation keeps boasting that Broadcom usually deals in millions of chips rather than thousands; "How many million would you like?" could be a common question in the Broadcom sales department. Being able to have a first batch of a mere 10.000 is a huge privilege. I think I once read that the SOC together with the ram cost about $15, these are unavoidable costs which anyone would need to make. The board itself, the connectors, pick-and-place time, quality control and profit need to fit in the remaining $10. One of the reasons the developmental time was so long is because the hardware team managed to lower component costs by for example using one of the SoC's timers for HDMI (if I understood it correctly), so no additional components are necessary for tasks. To me this illustrates the ridiculously small margin for profit; which is not a bad thing considering Raspberry Pi is a non-profit organisation.
ever thought of chinese fake components?
I mean, they could produce ARM processors for china phones, why not for the R-Pi?
They won't have the GPU. They could use the A10 processor, but I doubt they can get eh price down to Raspberry Pi levels and make money.
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