@anandvy: Freescale will sell the board through its other distributors; it's only element14 that is participating in the pre-order exercise. From what I can tell, element14's Knode, which provides desgin, development tools and prototyping services for the embedded market, factored into Freescale's selection. All distributors provide development tools and kits; the Knode integrates CAD software and a few other services that make the design-to-prototyping process quicker and easier. Since that's the intent of the Freedom platform, it sounds like a good fit.
element14 (a catalog) is breaking the mold by not stocking the product before it takes orders.
@Barbara, thanks for the update .Any particular reason why freescale has chosen only 1 catalog distributor (element 14). Isnt it good idea to have have tie-up with mutliple catalog distributor so that they can reach to more end-users ?
While they may have diffuculty meeting demand at first, this seems like a smart business model. Building to demand instead of forecasts eliminates a lot of potential waste in materials and production labor/resources.
@Ariella--well said! The products are different, but the purchasing dynamic is the same: demand could outstrip supply. Most catalog distributors sell only what they already have in-stock becuase they guarantee one or two day shipment. For larger, advance orders, you look to a broadline such as Arrow, Avnet and Future. So element14 (a catalog) is breaking the mold by not stocking the product before it takes orders.
@Nemos it seems to be based on a different platform based on the quote: "'This is a bit different in that Raspberry Pi is a computing platform where Freescale Freedom is a development platform for embedded systems,said Jussel. Raspberry Pi was developed and is sold by a charitable organization, whereas Freescale is a long-established supplier to the electronics supply chain."
The implication that they are emulating the business model behind the development of Raspberry PI more than the system of the computer itself to bring good, low priced products out.
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