Monday, November 30, 2015

CHIP mini-computer

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!

The CHIP is a tiny, cheap single-board computer that features a 1 GHz Allwinner R8 single-core processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, and a composite video port. There’s also a USB port, a micro USB port, and a series of developer pins for attaching hardware.

Just don’t expect super-speedy performance if you want to use a device with a single-core ARM Cortex-A8 processor as a desktop computer or media center PC. The appeal of a device like the CHIP is its low price and its hackability, which could allow it to earn a place in the pantheon of low-cost, low-power multipurpose computing devices like the Raspberry Pi and Arduino.

Hardware Specs
CPU1GHz Allwinner R8
Wall PowerUSB 5V @ 300mA (peak)
Battery PowerSingle cell 3.7V LiPo battery w/ 2-pin JST-PH 2.0mm
USB1 standard & 1 micro with OTG
HDMINo (addon $13 HDMI accessory board is available, cheaper if bough with chip)
CompositeYes via ⅛” mini TRRS to RCA composite video output cable
LicenseOpen Hardware
OSCustom Linux, soon to be mainline Linux
IO Header type       Female headers
Dimensions40mm x 60mm
Included CablesComposite