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> There are plenty of ARM SoCs out the which can run Linux off of an SD card: raspberry pi and beagle bone black come to mind.

In case you misunderstood: The above is not about running Linux off of a stored diskimage on an SD card. The ARM SoC in question fits in an SDcard. They're intended for e.g. putting in your camera so you can have wireless, wifi access to the images on the SDcard.

Other than that I agree - there's certainly still room for both. But the point is you can physically fit a Linux capable computer in an SDcard form factor, and drawing 100mA, which means the niches where smaller micro-controllers is the only alternative have narrowed accordingly.

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