gkaiseril wrote: ↑
Wed Apr 04, 2018 3:53 pm
That would be a strip down of the Pi 3B/Pi 3B+. I do not see anyone else looking for this type of board.
I very much have been waiting excitedly for a pi3a (with onboard wifi/BT ) an OTG in addition to the standard USB would be great!
The PcDuino4 H3 board (same as nanoPi m1 1gb. version) is rather a perfect size & capabilities so much so for me for something more powerful then a Pi zero but smaller & cheaper then a Pi3. Many others feel the same about alot of the h3 boards in smaller foot prints. Check out Armbian site or retrorangepi site and see all the support the community & kind individuals have developed.
The best hardware combo for me I have tried (but dislike the bigger then a full size Pi size) was the Orange Pi Plus 2E. Another H3 cpu (quad-core a7 like pi2) but with 2gb RAM and 16gb emmc with option of microSD as boot or storage. on board WITH ANTENNA JACK wifi/BT.
Orange Pi definitely is 2nd rate service & support compared to the Rasp pi, but the H3 is an exception to their long list of unsupported great sounding cpu's. It has much user support and comes in desired footprints & hardware combos.
I would research what of these are in most demand, most sales, and who is using and why before going ahead with building Pi3A+.
There is a place for a smaller board with greater capacities and certain hardware.
Now if the CM3 was cheaper (like 20) I could see add-on development happen enough for that to fill its place. I do not know if expanding RAM from that form is an option. I do see some module carrier board options developing. WaveShare has one with some interesting components. BUT none have a smaller footprint, or specific add-ons desired for compact builds. There is much room for development if cost was down. I have seen a full-size PI type carrier but at over $80 without the cm3 and being no more then a hub & GPIO 40 pin access it outprices to have three of a pi3+'s
I still use Raspberry Pi's as my primary platform. I have around 20 ranging from numerous pi zeros, pi1b, pi2, pi3 , & pi3b+
No pi A+. WHY? because without more RAM & with only a single core there is no advantage of the Pi A+ over the zero for me (beside DSI port).
A DSI on a smaller pi3A+ , even without a header would definitely be choice for most using the Pi 7" touch. Allowing for a slimmer tablet build. Granted you could hack a Pi up but alot of us like keeping our more pricier components in better condition.