Posts: 1361 from 2003/2/15
From: Central Europe
This is truly amazing!
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I am certain that Apple could today (if they wanted to) produce a proper desktop/laptop CPU of their own based on their ARM based designs.
They could. But what would be the point? Apple´s mobile chips are being manufactured tens of millions of times each and often reused for several product types. Apple´s computer division, on the other hand, has much, much, much lower sales volumes, yet offers a substantially bigger variety of CPU options so the business case is very different with regard to custom CPUs for Macs than it is for Apple´s phones and tablets.
The technical possibility of switching to ARM is a nice option to have since you can leverage it to get better pricing from Intel but that is about all it is at this time and it is unlikely to change anytime soon.Quote:
Though this particular HW is very limited (unless expanded with a couple of add-ons for several (at least!) dollars
), it sure is a statement that nobody can ignore! Also if you look at it in some kind of future perspective.
What statement would that be? "The race to the bottom is alive and well, so let´s all cheer for it?"Quote:
When looking at Raspberry as a company and as products, where will they go from here, from the current offerings they have? I think it's quite possible that they, strengthened by their growing trade mark, will diversify "upwards" in the future. In other words, not only offering tiny, limited circuit boards, but perhaps also more like traditional computer products like laptops and maybe even some kind of "computer in a keyboard" (or in a monitor)? Maybe even some kind of desktop?
Please note that the Raspberry Pi is being produced by a non-profit organization, not a consumer company.Quote:
Linus Torvalds of Linux fame has said that "2016 will be the year of the ARM Laptop". Presumably he has some insight in various companies efforts.
This was misreported and Linus felt the need to clarify his statement.