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CHIP – a tiny computer that only costs $9

Next Thing Co. recently developed a tiny computer called CHIP that features a 1GHz processor, 512MB RAM, 4GB internal storage and runs on Debian Linux, at a cost starting at only $9.

CHIP is a small computer designed to be used by students, teachers, developers, inventors, hackers, or anyone with a DIY computer based project. It comes with a number of ports like composite video, and support for HDMI and VGA out via adapte. It also ha a slew of connectivity features like built-in WiFi and Bluetooth, regular USB, and microUSB with OTG.

In addition, it can run for hours on a single cell LiPo battery which is sold separately. Those interested may also get the PocketCHIP, a portable device which gives the CHIP a 4.3-inch display, QWERTY keyboard, and a 5-hour battery.

CHIP specs:
1GHz Allwinner A13 Compatible SoC
Mali400 GPU w/ OpenGLES 2.0 & OpenVG 1.1
4GB NAND Flash Storage
USB Micro w/ OTG
Regular USB
Composite Video
HDMI & VGA Out via adapter
Headphone Audio Out
Mic In
Realtek 2-in-1 Bluetooth 4.0
WiFi b/g/n
Camera Sensor Support
Native LCD Support (4.3 to 8-inches)
Battery Power & Charging
Fast Boot Debian Based Linux OS w/ OTA updates

The barebones CHIP has a price tag of $9 or around Php400. The more featured package which includes two CHIPs, HDMI and VGA adapters, a LiPo battery, and a PocketCHIP costs $93 or around Php4,140.

source: Kickstarter

This article was written by Louie Diangson, Managing Editor of YugaTech. You can follow him at @John_Louie.

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5 Responses

  1. c says:

    Is that touch screen enabled?

  2. Michael says:

    Allwinner A13 chip is commonly found inside low-end Android tablets. Like most China tab this chip known to be broken easily.

  3. nami says:

    Question, can this be used as a cheap way to share an external hard drive over the network(like a nas)? like around 4 tb worth? can i also stream media from it or is this not strong enough?

  4. pcambe says:

    Where can I buy?

  5. emman says:

    Hi Louie, can you do a comparison with or a review of Raspberry Pi 2? Thanks

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