Raspberry Pi Trading are solely responsible for the Raspberry Pi Zero..dwelch67 wrote:Anyone have any insight at broadcom as to how long the pi-zero product will be around? As soon as we get used to one product it becomes unavailable and obsolete, and we get to start over. I want to redo or make a new repo as mine has so much baggage with the years of different boards, not knowing to plan for a new board a year and others going away, etc. But if the pi-zero is going away that leaves the pi-3 which may or may not be around for a while but is not nearly as fun...
Raspberry Pi Trading / Foundation have never ever released product road maps.....dwelch67 wrote:sorry fill in the blank responsible party for the product...anyone know the lifespan of the current pi-zero and pi3 products, are the one year and done, two years and done?
"Then we had Raspberry Pi Two that lasted for a year, I think Raspberry Pi Three is more like a three-year product. We may tweak some peripheral bits of it at some point but probably not even that.
Instead, for Upton, the big focus for the coming years is developing the software available for all Pi devices. "
So no new hardware and mostly software for next few years.In 2015, the Raspberry Pi foundation merged with Code Club, which runs after school lessons that teach children how to code. Exposing as many children to coding is the best way to increase diversity across engineering, Upton says.
I dont think we even have to ask, if the pi is the only customer of the BCM2835 the demand would need to be at some certain level to continue to justify it or someone in management would have to sign off on it, this is for the kids we will take the loss for another year. Worse than that though is the package on package dram. Perhaps this is their dram, i assume from the markings but that doesnt mean much. If it is broadcoms dram that actually helps the pi-zero outlast the pi3, etc. But also a huge factor here is the foundry process, the foundry used to build these chips would need a certain volume to remain in production, every year or two or three we get a new process and you either need to clear the space of the oldest or least profitable one, or build a new facility (and we are a few years down the road now). But eventually you close the facility or clear the space and bring in the new. So overall demand for parts from that process for that foundry can drive availability of the BCM2835, independent of its demand. Highly unlikely they would blow the tens of millions to re-do that part for a new process, although a percentage of that part we are lead to believe is used in the parts with newer arm cores, so you could do the floorplanning and layout for the three chips we have seen on pis and save a ton with some percentage of them common.Are the Zero numbers restricted by BCM2835 supply, other chips or lack of factory capacity?
this was from a 2015 article.(3) LPDDR2’s replacement by LPDDR3 adds complexities that make price drop unlikely
China’s smartphone market has been slacking for both domestic and foreign shipments. While the outlook for Q2 is conservative, LPDDR2 is showing some increasing demand in the lower-end devices due to cost concerns, especially with the adoptions of Spreadtrum’s 7731 and MediaTek’s 6571 processors. However, Samsung has basically stopped producing LPDDR2, and SK Hynix and Micron have drastically reduced their LPDDR2 production ratios. As Nanya is the only remaining memory maker that can provide a steady and large supply of LPDDR2, prices (for eMCP 4+4/8+8 in particular) will stay constant and may even rise slightly in the third quarter as demand picks up during the peak season.
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