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Hardkernel cancels Raspberry Pi-like Odroid W after Broadcom stops supplying SoC

Meanwhile the Pi foundation updates the Epiphany browser
Mon Sep 01 2014, 17:26
Hardkernel is closing the door on its Odroid W Pi-alike

HARDKERNEL has dropped its Raspberry Pi clone called the Odroid because Broadcom apparently has refused to provide the system on a chip (SoC) for it.

Hardkernel, which announced the Odroid W at the end of July, promised kit that would work with all hardware and software designed to work with the Raspberry Pi. It was met with criticism from some in the Raspberry Pi user base.

There was some controversy over Broadcom's decision, and Hardkernel has invited its users, or potential users, to ask Broadcom what factors were behind its decision.

"We have to stop Odroid-W project soon since Broadcom decided not to accept our order of the BCM2835 SoC anymore. When the first trial batch is sold out, you can't buy the Odroid-W anymore," reads a note on the Hardkernel Google+ page.

"Sorry for the inconvenience. Please ask Broadcom why they have to stop supplying the SoC to us. If their answer is different from what we heard from them, we will claim it."

You can still buy one now for $30. It is pitched as a smaller, wearable alternative to the Raspberry Pi, and on the sales webpage we are advised that it includes "new features and improvements over the original Raspberry Pi".

This kind of thing led to some begrudging talk in the Raspberry Pi Foundation forums, with some posters suggesting that Hardkernel had piggybacked on the work done on the Raspberry Pi.

We have asked Broadcom if it would like to comment on the Hardkernel announcement.

Meanwhile the news at the Raspberry Pi Foundation is that the Epiphany browser has been updated and improved.

Introduced in a blog post from Pi founder Eben Upton, the new Epiphany has faster scrolling and "much improved" HTML5 support.

"The browser is based on Epiphany (aka Gnome Web), as a replacement for the rather venerable version of Midori in Raspbian Wheezy. Eight months and a lot of hard work later, we're finally ready," wrote Upton.

"Epiphany on [the Raspberry] Pi is now a plausible alternative to a desktop browser for all but the most Javascript-heavy sites." µ


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