$9 Linux computer in the wings

The device is called C.H.I.P. and it is part of a Kickstarter campaign to create a Linux-powered computer “built for work, play, and everything in between!” They have already raised $653K of their $50K goal.

At the heart of the C.H.I.P. is a 1GHz Allwinner A13 compatible SoC, with a built-in Mali400 GPU that is compatible with OpenGLES and OpenVG. Backing that up is 512MB of DDR3 RAM and 4GB of flash storage.

For output, it features a single USB port, a micro USB that supports OTG, a composite video output (with options for VGA + $10 and HDMI + $15 via an adapter), headphones output and microphone input. It has built in composite output as well. C.H.I.P. has built in 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 to connect to the Internet or wireless devices.

Their site shows that C.H.I.P will be powerful enough to power LibreOffice, the Chromium browser, games…

There are also options for an external battery and even a case to provide a 4.3 inch touchscreen and a QWERTY keyboard for a pocket computer experience.

It will be interesting to see how this low cost platform is used.

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