Rasberry’s are not bad little units but moving up into the more serious SBC market i think is going to be tough for them.
Over the years they built not a bad hobby industry competing mostly against low end Atmel boards and had their intial growth in the education industry but with a more serious emerging SBC market i can’t see them carving out much more then what they got. There a great cheap lowend unit with a shallow learning curve which is good for where they were situated in the market mostly competing with things like Arduino’s and other cheap boards. Anyone looking for more features were forced to go up to things like the Beaglebone Blacks or some of the other ST or TI based boards.
Rasberry’s issue for serious hackers/coders has always been the Broadcom cpu’s as Broadcom’s not all that supportative of small independant coders or developers.
ts not that Amlogic or Rockchip is that much better but because there are dozens of makes using the same Amlogic or Rockchip SoC’s it at least creates a much bigger talent pool to pull coders from where as the Raspberry Cpu’s from Broadcom are almost exclusive to Raspberry cutting down on any real hackers on the device.
If they target the cheaper end of the SBC market the same way they targeted Atmel in the lowend market years ago they might have some success, only time will tell.