The Raspberry Pi mini computer just got a RAM upgrade â from 256MB to 512MB â 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 âvery attached to $35 as our highest price pointâ â in a recent interview with TC, Upton described price as âour differentiatorâ.
âThere were a lot of boards like Raspberry Pi in the $200 range but not a lot in the $25 to $35 range,â he told me. âYouâve got to see [price] as our differentiator. The big impressive thing weâve done, as far as Iâm concerned, is to make this stuff cheap and available â weâre not making anything that didnât exist before, but weâre making a thing that previously was very expensive [affordable].â