[Arm-netbook] $25 computer

Luke Kenneth Casson Leighton luke.leighton at gmail.com
Fri Sep 2 11:55:19 BST 2011

On Fri, Sep 2, 2011 at 11:39 AM, Alain Williams <addw at phcomp.co.uk> wrote:
> $25 gives you: 700 MHz arm 128MB RAM Debian & LXDE
> For $35 you get a network connection & 256 MB RAM
> You need a TV for a display.
> Should be available by the end of the year.
>        http://www.raspberrypi.org/
>        http://www.geek.com/articles/chips/why-a-25-pc-because-its-the-price-of-a-textbook-2011091/

 yes - seen this one.  they've not included tax, shipping, customs
duty, profit margins, sales commissions - nothing.

 so although it sounds very very naive of them, the significant
advantage of the raspberrypi approach is that it breaks open that
stupid, stupid myth that ARM-based devices, despite being
good-to-excellent quality, *have* to be expensive.

 so - heads-up, folks: ARM11 Telechips CPU used in the raspberrypi:
under $11.  Cortex A9 800mhz AML-8726-M: $13.

 that means that within about two months, i can get you, for quotes
$35 quotes, an 800mhz Cortex A9, 512mb RAM, in a desktop PC
form-factor.  excluding case, 5v power supply, tax, shipping, customs
duty, profit margins and sales commissions.

 remember: apple's profit margin on the ipad is $550 - that's FIVE
hundred and fifty - dollars.  the FOB price is $150 out of shenzen.
sale price: $700.


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