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Created: 09.05.2015 00:55 Last Modified: 09.05.2015 01:12 Views: 5708
Keywords: Allwinner, ARM, C.H.I.P, kickstarter, Linux, PocketC.H.I.P., startup

CHIP - Nine Dollar Computer with Linux and Allwinner ARM SoC

Yesterday I heard about a really cool startup project in Kickstarter. Several engineers from Oakland, California are working on a low cost mini personal computer with AllWinner R8 ARM SoC called C.H.I.P. We have seen a lot of other mini computers and developer board but C.H.I.P. is different. The price makes it different. It costs only 9 USD and it is an open source hardware device!

All technical details are available at Kickstarter. C.H.I.P. supports GNU/Linux distributions. It has built in Bluetooth and WiFi. It is perfect for Internet of Things and soon it might be more popular even than ESP8266.

C.H.I.P. project in Kickstarter

I like to hack devices with Allwinner SoC and I have already ported Tizen to several open source hardware OLinuXino boards with A10, A10S and A20 Allwinner ARM SoC. So I quickly decided to back C.H.I.P. project and I ordered a PocketC.H.I.P. with HDMI adapter. It is funny that the delivery to my place costs almost three times more than a single C.H.I.P. May be this is a marketing trick but even though C.H.I.P. still seems as a great product.

C.H.I.P. reached its goal of $50 000 in Kickstarter for just 6 hours after the start of the campaign. For the whole first day the project has attracted more than quarter of a million. I bet it will soon hit a million. Making a computer for 9 USD is not easy, especially for a startup company. I cross my fingers and I hope that I will receive my order in May 2016 :)

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