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Over the last decade, access to high-performance, cost-effective SoCs has often been restricted to those customers able to plausibly guarantee seven- or eight-digit shipment volumes. This scale advantage has favored incumbents over new entrants, and has suppressed innovation in the consumer electronics and mobile sectors. Devices such as Raspberry Pi, which package high-performance SoCs in an affordable, easy to integrate form factor, make it much easier for even small organizations to compete in these sectors.