Heater wrote: ↑
Wed Nov 06, 2019 9:18 pm
This kind of question comes up here every other day. Generally leads nowhere very fast.
This *particular* premise is, so far as a I recall, very rare, if not unique.
It's so easy to list dream features one would like. It's totally another matter to engineer it down to a price as sometjing people actually want to buy.
Doubling the size increases the cost
Adding connectors and components increases the cost.
That puts such ideas dead in the water immediately. You said it yourself: "...the Pi Zero is my favourite".
For me, doubling the board size, using bigger connectors, adding connectors, sata etc, would make a less useful device.
I mostly agree. There are things I would really like to see on a Pi, but won't because it would impact the price adversely. I'm pretty indifferent to the bigger connectors, though full sized HDMI does have the advantage that HDMI to DVI cables are a lot easier to find than micro-HDMI to DVI are. An on board RTC is something I'd like, though the add ons to do that are a reasonable alternative.
SATA...would depend on there being something--preferably within the SoC--to connect it to. Without a native interface, there is very little to recommend the addition.
The one thing I think the Pi4B could really use--(a) would be extremely difficult due to trace routing issues, and (b) will probably be an on-going issue with future boards--would be a fan header to get a 5v pin where HATs and other add-on boards don't pre-empt it.