Thanks for this interesting insight.odroid wrote:Let me share the price breakdown roughly to minimize misunderstanding with our important community members.
DRAM: ~$40 (1GB/$10: https://www.dramexchange.com )
PCIe-SATA related circuitry: ~$8
Other components: ~$15
As you can guess, the profit is really limited if we consider the volume discount for our distributors and many B-to-B customers.
I don't think there is much room to reduce the cost even though we can build 10,000 boards every month.
One great news!
We are selling the XU4 board like a hot cake after announcing the N1 board today.
On user side it is easy to extend capable usb 3.x systems (this 3.0 is 5Gbps/per lane?/up to ~350MB/s swapon), s_ata or pci ports, but not very common doing that with d_ram sizes.
Developer boards would either support extendable ram choices or reduce this limitation with offering several price options.
Furthermore especially 4GB shows a wrong structural limitation, like dvd's are at 4.38GiB. Everything above 4.8GiB would be more advanced and pioneering.
This 10$ or 20$ option would be a suitable offer we feel.
[s]extended DRAM to 5 or 6GB: +1[/s] (or 2times 4GB, price for 1.5 boards and we are talking about confident software support with that?)
upgradable, passive cooling: +1
serial/bt debugging adapter 3.3V tolerant: +1
openly: Orange Pi RK3399 Development Board is at around 109$, with only 2GB_DDR3, but with strong graphics emphasis, cam and sensor support. For those seeking such a tool.
odroid-N1: current sensor: +1