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Request: RK3066 Soc

Posted: Mon Dec 24, 2012 6:26 pm
by Roalush
http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Free-Shi ... 18432.html

If this is sold for 45$ including shipping, and not like the raspberry pi, has wifi, 8 GB of storage, USB cable, power adapter and HDMI cable, surely you can fit this more powerful SOC in the raspberry pi price range.

I think this is a must, this having a dual core processor quad core graphics and double the RAM. This may even be done in the model A 25$ price range.

Re: Request: RK3066 Soc

Posted: Mon Dec 24, 2012 7:36 pm
by ghans
So your request is to break the price point of the foundation
offer (35 $ , schools can get tax rebate !), and even drop their
custom hardware design ?


ghans

Re: Request: RK3066 Soc

Posted: Mon Dec 24, 2012 7:50 pm
by malakai
That chip is not exactly open source first you have to keep in mind the foundation is not entirely a hardware manufacturer they have roots in it but it is not the end goal. Chips like this exist so yes they can be purchased cheaply however they come with a price if you want more development done you either try and hack your way in which is slow and consumes a lot of resources or you pay the chip manufacturer to develop it for you which comes at a higher price.

Re: Request: RK3066 Soc

Posted: Mon Dec 24, 2012 8:21 pm
by jamesh
Roalush wrote:http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Free-Shi ... 18432.html

If this is sold for 45$ including shipping, and not like the raspberry pi, has wifi, 8 GB of storage, USB cable, power adapter and HDMI cable, surely you can fit this more powerful SOC in the raspberry pi price range.

I think this is a must, this having a dual core processor quad core graphics and double the RAM. This may even be done in the model A 25$ price range.
You need to factor in the cost of support, as mentioned, cost of development, and whether the chip is actually any good. And the GPU on the Raspi has way more than 4 cores....!

Re: Request: RK3066 Soc

Posted: Tue Dec 25, 2012 4:56 am
by Roalush
That being so, seeing products like this sold in that price makes me hope we will see similar CPU power on the Raspberry Pi in the future.

This kind of power will enable to finally run a descent web browser.

Re: Request: RK3066 Soc

Posted: Tue Dec 25, 2012 5:30 am
by gritz
As someone who can remember 486 laptops costing a king's ransom...

A Pi won't break the bank (and isn't likely to morph into a quadcore whatever anytime soon, 'cos that isn't it's raison d'etre). I'd suggest spending the money that's left over on some hardware with the desired spec. A turbocharged Raspberry with go-faster stripes would be nice (mainly because of the knowledge base that accompanies the product), but numerous similar threads on the matter suggest pretty strongly that it's not going to happen any time soon. TBH Arm has seen enough hardware fragmentation already imo!

A resourceful person could probably obtain (quite legitimately!) an old x86 computer capable of web browsing for free, or for next-to-nothing.