Before I know the C.H.I.P, Raspberry Pi was definitely a good solution for who looking for a cheap, Linux-based, light-weight and customizable computer.
But I would change my mind and think about the C.H.I.P when it’s posted at Kickstarter.com. It’s a tiny computer and easy to use like your own desktop: surfing the web, check your email over Wi-Fi, work in LibreOffice and save files to on-board storage, or even playing games with a Bluetooth controller.
Powered by a 1Ghz processor, with 512MB of DDR3 RAM, the C.H.I.P tiny computer has a 4GB of on-board storage, with built in Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0.
CHIP, world’s first $9 computer – specifications
- 3,000 mAH battery
- 4.3″ 470px x 272px screen with resistive touch
- Rugged Injection Molded Shell
- Full QWERTY keyboard
- Fully open source
- GPIO breakouts
- C.H.I.P. is removable via hatch
With dozens of applications and tools pre-installed in this tiny computer, it’s custom for everyone, including students, teachers, grandparents, children, artists, makers, hackers, and inventors.
The C.H.I.P is ready to use with your normal works, and designed to fit with any screen, all you need is simply connect via C.H.I.P.’s built-in composite output or add a simple adapter for either VGA or HDMI.
How many pins does C.H.I.P have ?
8 digital GPIOs, one PWM pin, TWI (I2C), SPI, UART, MIPI-CSI, USB, Parallel LCD output, touch panel input, and power rails in and out.
Power of C.H.I.P
C.H.I.P takes power in from micro-USB port, wired 5V DC input power as well as an battery. It also has an on-board X-Powers AXP209 PMIC chip which can charge an battery.
The goal of this project is $50,000 but now it has reached about $500,000. So, would you like to take one ?