The Raspberry Pi mini computer just got a RAM upgrade ‚Äď from 256MB to 512MB ‚ÄĒ but the $35 price-tag is staying the same. Eben Upton, chip design and founder of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, said the extra RAM follows frequent suggestions for a more expensive version of the Pi with more RAM for those who want to use the Pi for general computing purposes. But Upton notes the Foundation is ‚Äúvery attached to $35 as our highest price point‚ÄĚ ‚ÄĒ in a recent interview with TC, Upton described price as ‚Äúour differentiator‚ÄĚ.
‚ÄúThere were a lot of boards like Raspberry Pi in the $200 range but not a lot in the $25 to $35 range,‚ÄĚ he told me. ‚ÄúYou‚Äôve got to see [price] as our differentiator. The big impressive thing we‚Äôve done, as far as I‚Äôm concerned, is to make this stuff cheap and available ‚Äď we‚Äôre not making anything that didn‚Äôt exist before, but we‚Äôre making a thing that previously was very expensive [affordable].‚ÄĚ