Originally Posted by guyladouche
I think the worst possible thing for the mobile computing arena is yet another hardware platform to consider programming for. We have so many mobile computing hardware options out already that not even all devices on one OS (i.e. Android) get full software support functionality (i.e. flash video support) at even nearly the same time.
I can see this for hobbyists, for a proprietary unit for a specific application (like the roku2), but for mainstream portable electronics that rarely reach their full potential utilization because of a slow catch-up cycle across a wide variety of hardware platforms and vendors, this will just make things drag on even further.
And is $25/$35 a good price for a CPU-GPU considering the bulk pricing of, say, the tegra 2 platform? I am asking because I really have no idea.
The price isn't just the SOC. All the other parts and the PCB cost money too. My understanding is that the only reasons that the chips are as inexpensive (the bigest factor when making a cheap, but decent devices) is because it is a charitable cause and because one of the designers knows some people at broadcom (supposedly they are getting a discount on overstock chips).
As to this being another device, that's not a problem because most of the people working on it don't want Android or some non-POSIX, non-standard Linux distro. For this reason, they are using Debian, Fedora, Meego (with XMBC), etc.