Raspberry Pi benchmarked against Beagleboard, low price is long term

Eben Upton reveals to Linux User some of his performance results and how they compared to other popular SoCs

In a recent interview with Linux User & Developer, Raspberry Pi developer Eben Upton got a chance to talk about the performance of the upcoming SoC that is due out later this month.

“Raspberry Pi, in terms of multimedia, outperforms any other dev board in existence – which is nice,” explained Eben, “In terms of general purpose computing, it’s got this 700MHz ARM11, and our benchmark shows it’s about 20 per cent slower than a Beagleboard for general purpose computing. But, you know, it’s a quarter of the price.”

The incredibly low price of the board is in no small part thanks to the deal with Broadcom, and there has been some speculation that this kind of pricing won’t last. Eben, an employee of Broadcom himself, puts the record straight:

“I can say – putting my Broadcom employee hat on briefly – if we sold all our chips to Raspberry Pi, that’d be just great. We haven’t given a price that means that Broadcom is losing money on this activity. It’s not losing money. The understanding that I have with Broadcom is that they are happy to continue providing chips for this project forever.”

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