C.H.I.P is a single-board computer crowdfunded by now-defunct Next Thing Co., released as open-source hardware running open-source software. It was advertised as “the world’s first $9 computer”. CHIP and related products are discontinued.
C.H.I.P was the original board, mostly targeting hobbyists. The system is built around the AllWinner R8 SoC processor, which integrates an ARM Cortex-A8 CPU (based on ARM architecture V7-A) and peripherals, such as Graphic Engine, UART, SPI, USB ports, CIR, CMOS Sensor Interface and LCD controller. The CPU is also accompanied by a NEON SIMD coprocessor and has RCT JAVA-Accelerations to optimize just-in-time (JIT) and dynamic adaptive compilation (DAC).CHIP was discontinued by April 2017 in anticipation of CHIP Pro.
Features implemented on this model:
Built-in Wi-Fi B/G/N, Bluetooth 4.0, One USB host with type-A receptacle, one USB On-The-Go port, Composite video and stereo audio port via mini TRRS, Optional composite TRRS to RCA audio-video cable, Optional VGA adapter and HDMI adapter (see Hardware extensions below), Open source hardware and open source software, Up to 45 GPIO ports, Supports 1-Wire and I2C protocols, PWM output, Serial console and Ethernet via USB for quick headless operation, Power options include 5V via USB OTG, 5V via CHN pin, and by 3.7 battery, Onboard NAND storage, 4-8GB, pre-installed Linux OS (Debian), Web-based firmware update . The CHIP is 60 mm × 40 mm in size.
C.H.I.P. does computer things. Work in LibreOffice and save your documents to C.H.I.P.’s onboard storage. Surf the web and check your email over wifi. Play games with a bluetooth controller. With dozens of applications and tools preinstalled, C.H.I.P. is ready to do computer things the moment you power it on. C.H.I.P. is a computer for students, teachers, grandparents, children, artists, makers, hackers, and inventors. Everyone really. C.H.I.P. is a great way to add a computer to your life and the perfect way to power your computer based projects.