World’s First $9 Computer CHIP is Now Shipping


chip-linux-Short Bytes: World’s first $9 computer CHIP is shipping now. The early backers of the project will be getting two CHIP computers- one within 5-6 days from today and the other one in mid-October.

If you found $35 a lot to spend on a Raspberry Pi for a computer, you would have loved the $9 computer CHIP. CHIP houses a 1GHz Allwinner R8 single-core processor, 4GB onboard storage and 512MB DDR3 RAM coupled with WiFi and Bluetooth built-in.

Earlier this year, Next Thing Co. launched a Kickstarted campaign to fund this project, and now its team has announced that the first CHIP computers are shipping to the Kernel Hacker Backers.

The world’s first $9 computer is an innovative open hardware project, powered by an open source software. The specifications of an entry-level computer and the price tag of $9 makes it one the best platforms for developers.

Currently, Next Thing Co. is shipping the Alpha CHIP and it’s shipping without any firmware. However, there are detailed instructions for flashing the software onto the CHIP.

If you’ve backed the project earlier at the Kernel Hacker Backer level on Kickstarter, you’ll be getting two CHIP computers. The second batch of CHIP computer will ship by mid-October.

Apart from the earlier mentioned hardware specifications, CHIP features a composite video port, a USB port, a micro USB port and other developer pins for hooking up hardware.

If you’ve missed the chance of grabbing a CHIP on the Kickstarter campaign, you can pre-order CHIP from the Next Thing Co. website.

Adarsh Verma

Adarsh Verma

Fossbytes co-founder and an aspiring entrepreneur who keeps a close eye on open source, tech giants, and security. Get in touch with him by sending an email — [email protected]
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