Quote from Lob0426 on September 1, 2011, 00:05
Sorry obarthelemy, it really is not complicated for us, it is complicated for the foundation.
Welcome to the wonderful world of product development!
It seems like everything has a royalty attached to it. I would love to see a list of what components the foundation is going to pay either royalties or annual fees too. I would also like to know if any of them waived the fees or royalties for the foundation. It literally comes down to the bang for the buck for the foundation. And yes I am doing it again.
It either has a royalty or a production cost associated with it. When someone flings a "It only costs $x for this part, why don't you add WiFi (or feature "Y")?" they miss the reality that that's the parts cost and not the total cost of that device. It must be added in. It must be validated that it will work with the circuit as you've added. It must be added to the boards. It must pass regulatory compliance for emissions. Each one of those steps has a consequence and an associated expense. Once you've done all of this, adding WiFi, as an example, can add $15-25 to the end cost of the R-Pi.
My guess is that we will be buying the good old run of the mill SD cards that are available everywhere. We just won't know what speed it can read at.
Probably not until just short of when we'll be placing orders for them. Big burning question would be...why are we worrying about buying the "right cards" until the thing's about to ship?