Did you See a PC in Just a Microchip?


Users who consider too expensive the Raspberry Pi 2 ($ 35) are now a great deal cheaper alternative CHIP the first computer to $ 9 in the world. The micro device, designed by Next Thing, will be on sale from December. Until then the small startup of Oakland will try to collect as much money as possible through the movement launched on Kick-starter. The goal of $ 50,000 has by now been well exceeded pre-set.

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Like the Raspberry Pi 2, also CHIP is a single board computer. On a big card just 40 × 60 mm are placed all components. All winner A13 processor at 1 GHz, Mali 400 GPU, 512 MB ​​of DDR3 RAM, 4 GB of NAND flash memory chip Bluetooth 4.0 and WiFi 802.11b / g / n . There are plenty of I / O pins for the link of peripherals and accessories I2C, SPI, GPIO, UART and MIPI-CSI such as sensors and cameras.

There are also micro USB ports, USB and composite video. The VGA and HDMI adapters (sold separately allow you to connect the microcomputer to any monitor or TV. CHIP can be powered by an external battery lithium polymer 3.7 Volt or via micro USB port. Users can turn the micro PC to a portable device, using the Pocket CHIP, an accessory that includes a touch screen 4.3-inch (470 × 272 pixels), a QWERTY keyboard and a 3000 mAH battery that provides a range up to 5 hours. The operating scheme is Debian a well-liked Linux distribution that will be updated over the air.

You can still test freely other distributions because the whole project is open source. At the end of the Kickstarter campaign, next Thing will release all the documentation source code, schematics, PCB layout and bill of resources. The deliveries will begin in December 2015 and CHIP January 2016. For all other bundle will have to wait another three-4 months. The “package” (CHIP, battery, and VGA and HDMI adapters, Pocket CHIP) costs $ 93.