Member Since: January 12, 2011

Country: United States

  • “Why does everyone want to compare it to the RasPi?” Because at the high level they are very similar, and right now the RasPi has the mindshare. The Beaglebone Black is a similar competitor but still beats the Edison at the price point game. They are all cheap, single board computers that run Linux, so I can program them in whatever language I can find a compiler for (or interpreted languages too). They also all offer GPIO capabilities, so I can control real world objects with them.

    *and I wouldn’t consider the other 32 bit dev boards like the mbed family or STM32 etc. as viable comparisons. They typically only have one or two compilers that target them, so your language choices are limited and they don’t run linux (not usefully anyway). So they aren’t a fair comparison. The RasPi is much more similar.

    The argument I was trying to make was that the Edison just doesn’t differentiate itself enough to make up for the added cost. Wireless, x86, and a smaller footprint? To me, it’s not worth it when I can almost get two RasPis going with similar capabilities for the same price as one Edison.

  • I think that $50 is a good price point for a dev kit, but the biggest problem about the Edison is its hidden cost. I can’t do anything with just this single SOC, I have to buy expansion blocks to get even basic things, like i2c, serial/console, gpio, etc. And it seems that (for now) these features are all on separate blocks, so now I’m paying $50 + $45 = $90 just to get it to the capability of a RasPi. Admittedly the RasPi will need a bluetooth and wifi dongle to match the Edison, but I can’t justify the price difference just because I want to play with x86 and a smaller footprint. I’ll just have to wait as this platform develops and eventually offers an all-in-one block that gives me several basic capabilities for $15.

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