|If I had a budget of $5M and had a year to ship 1 million ARM units in a tiny form factor, what steps could I use to design them?|
Since the Raspberry Pi Zero doesn't actually exist (isn't available in unlimited quantities) / is a marketing stunt, I have lowered the required specs to:
1) Size of raspberry pi zero
2) No video output or camera input, just SDCard and 1 single OTG USB and 1 single power connector
3) 256 MB of RAM
4) 700 Mhz
5) Not necessarily compatible with Raspberry Pi Zero, but must support a generic Linux
However, unfortunately I am adding a requirement:
6) Has a microcontroller chip which is interfaced to the Linux side and and can shut it down. (For power reasons.)
This means it's not a simple clone but would have an actual design process.
In practice, if I haven't shipped software but had the money, how would this process look? Who would I hire? Where? How would the chip get designed?
Thanks for your help and thoughts. Please assume I would have the money for it. This is just a blue-sky question on how design process even works at this scale.
Do not budget for any profit for me.