We at RoboticsIndia(@baseapp) are working on a new project , like the title says the lowest cost breadboard friendly linux Core board ( Open Source ).
The whole idea is to put the full BOM + Fab under < USD 25 at say 100x quantity.
Rasperry pi is great , but i cannot duplicate it or ship it inside my product to a client. BGA is not cheap.
So the Ideas is to make a low cost mbed like board which can run linux and the user can put inside product or develop on a breadboard using it.
For component selection we have selected the following for now
MCU : i.mx233 ( cheapest linux QFP ) : 6USD
RAM : 64MB DDR RAM : 8USD
USD PCB : 3 USD
MISC : 3 USD ( SD Connector + other misc stuff )
Tot : 20 USD + MFG
If anyone is interested we would welcome your inputs. Helping us cut costs or work with us making it see light of day.
I know there are many imx experts here , we would love you inputs and ideas.