Why did the Raspberry Pi foundation select "BCM 2835" and not any other SOC for Raspberry Pi? Is any other SOC possible ? If yes , which ?

  • maybe ask them directly? ;)
    – Alex Tape
    Mar 5 '14 at 10:13

The developers of the Pi had some connection with broadcom. That's why they choose Broadcom.

There are a lot of SoCs that run ARMv6 (like the Pi) and the more recent ARMv7. Also note that a lot of linux distributions are dropping support for ARMv6

  • I'd also speculate that the Broadcom chip was genuinely quite cheap. RaspberryPi was never about the most open or the best hardware. Their focus was on a reasonably reliable product that could be got into schools at low cost.
    – Fred
    Mar 4 '14 at 23:03

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