The reason I wonder who is behind it is because it reminds me of the Netbook fiasco from a few years back. That seemed to be driven by Hermans/HYPErion. There are a lot of parallels. It was an underwhelming product that many outside the OS4 Kommunity said wouldn't end well, and in the end it was canned. Speculation was the port was being pushed since Limebooks were available at the time for liquidation on Alibaba. Did the same thing happen with this CPU?
that's actually a very good question. my theory was that acube already had a customer lined up that needed a board like this (i have no idea why they would, but i digress). but your point about there being a pile of these things somewhere where they could have been purchased at very low cost is another theory.
i'll ask that at amiwest when we see trevor/matthew.