Actually...someone did. They got their hands (somehow) on a "sample" of 5000 BCM2385 packages. They designed and manufactured a Pi B clone. They went to Broadcom to buy another 5000 SoCs and--basically--Broadcom laughed and said 'come back when you're seriuos'.Heater wrote:mikerr,
Ah, OK, thanks.
The stumbling block here seems to be that nobody can buy the Pi SoC. Except, presumably if they order 100,000 or more from Broadcom.
Effectively if anyone could get the chips they could create a Pi clone already. I can't imagine it's beyond the wit of a serious cloner to reverse engineer the Pi schematic and create a PCB.
That was the ill-fated Hardkernel Odroid-W.