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 â€œvery attached to $35 as our highest price pointâ€ â€” in a recent interview with TC, Upton described price as â€œour differentiatorâ€.
â€œThere 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. â€œYouâ€™ve got to see [price] as our differentiator. The big impressive thing weâ€™ve done, as far as Iâ€™m concerned, is to make this stuff cheap and available â€“ weâ€™re not making anything that didnâ€™t exist before, but weâ€™re making a thing that previously was very expensive [affordable].â€