Hmm, I was under the impression that one of the goals of the foundation was to try and use UK suppliers and factories as much as possible, to help boost the economy as well as improve ICT, so I\"m not sure if they\"d go for it. I might be wrong though.
Erumm... and a Broadcom CPU is British ? Made in China commissioned by an American company (thats if Broadcom are american)
Designed in Cambridge, UK, and including ARM processor IP also designed in Cambridge, UK. And yes, Broadcom is an American corporation -- more specific details available through this link:
I am in no-way going against anyone sense of pride or allegiance , but Broadcom have their chips made around the world.. being American means very little. I would suspect the CPU being used is made somewhere in the east, Thailand perhaps.
Say for instance *shock horror* that the A10 CPU was used on Rpi, what would change?
ARM CPU : Cambridge, UK
Design and IPR : UK
The difference is it would not be Allwinner employees doing the work. I really dont see what the difference is... in the end its a cheap computer.
If the other aim is to stimulate the UK economy, then that is really in doubt as the production costs are ludicrous and not competitive in the REAL world. Maybe the Rpi is the catalyst for these industries in the UK to get a wake-up call.
So whats left?.. cheap.. programming starter pack and school friendly. The 'Made in Britain' is a raaah-raaah cheer for the School board/Politicians to 'Invest in Britain' but now its just a 'Designed in Britain' product which doesn't have the same punch in it.
These are my views, and are (c) by myself.