Microsoft’s Raspberry Pi Will Cost $300

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Sharks Cove Microsoft

I presume that you have heard of Raspberry Pi. A $35 microcomputer that has revolutionized the low cost computing and has cult following among hardware hobbyist and do-it-yourself enthusiasts. Several other followed in the footsteps of Raspberry Pi to provide low cost micro computers, Arduino is one of the successful examples. [Arduino came long before Raspberry Pi].

Microsoft has decided to enter the world of “System on Chip” and to come up with its “own Raspberry Pi”. Teamed up with Intel and CircuitCo, Microsoft will be launching a micro computer named “Sharks Cove.

Sharks Cove boasts of Intel Atom Z3735G, a quad-core chip with speeds up to 1.83GHz, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of flash storage and a MicroSD slot among many other things. You can read the full specifications here. The main aim of Shark Cove is to provide a platform to develop hardware and drivers for Windows and Android.

Everything sounds fine till it comes to price. Sharks Cove will cost $299 with a Windows 8.1 license. While Arduino costs around $55 and Raspberry Pi $35, I don’t think there will be many buyers for such a high price in a domain which is dominated by low cost Linux based devices. What do you think?

On a side note, what will happen if Apple comes up with its own “Apple Pi” or “iPi”? Perhaps it would cost $600-$700 :)

  • Rick Disheroon

    I’ll save my $245 and stick with Linux.

    • Abhishek Prakash

      +1 for that

  • smoss

    So it’s not exactly a competitor?

    • Abhishek Prakash

      Not at all. It is best suited for developers working on Microsoft related projects.

  • Mario Masetti

    Thumbs up, Microsoft! Can’t wait until running full linux on these boxes!!!

  • Guest

    I was curious to read this article… Then in the first paragraph you say that Arduino *followed* RPi’s footsteps…
    1) Arduino is a completely different animal. It’s based on the ATmega family a tiny microcontroller, not a microcomputer.
    2) Arduino, and all the spin-offs it has inspired, have been round for years before the RPi.

    I now cannot read the rest of the article, as I can’t believe anything you say.

    • Abhishek Prakash

      Corrected the mistake. Thanks for pointing it out. You can read the rest now :)

  • Matt Tucci

    It would be a swell thing for industrial applications, such as lathes and mills and what ever else needs to be controlled by a windows based automation or cnc app.

  • Guest

    Have they gone full retard over at Microsoft and Intel? Is it so hard to understand the appeal of the raspberry pi?

  • Rico Perez

    Eff, for that much you can build a desktop. The rasberry pi is supposed to be low level and teach from the ground up at minimal expenses. For $300 you could buy a lot of tecnology, and build something more productive, and with linux you can have a workstation. Windows 8.1 isn’t bad, but its useless when you have FOSS.

  • Amused

    LOL… The iPi? Apple has started the i-revolution: Even Hyundai is naming cars thinks like i40 and the iLoad…