CHIP ULPC Makes Raspberry Pi Seem Expensive

CHIP ULPC Makes Raspberry Pi Seem Expensive

We’ve been following the progress of Raspberry Pi for a few years. The company made history back in 2013 with the release of the $25 desktop PC. The company also released a $35 PC in 2012. Now, a new Kickstarter campaign is attempting to produce a $9 PC named CHIP that makes the Raspberry Pi seem expensive.

CHIP is a ultra low cost PC (ULPC) that will retail for about $9. It will be a fraction of the size of a Raspberry Pi, but sport an impressive 1 GHz processor, 512 MB RAM, and 4 GB flash-based storage. The device will also include integrated Bluetooth and 802.11 B/G/N wireless networking capabilities. Needless to say, it runs an open source operating system based on Debian Linux.

As part of the campaign, they’re also offering an optional handheld device called the PocketCHIP. This allows CHIP to run on a battery and gives a keyboard/screen interface that is about the same size as a cell phone. Needless to say, this drives the price up a bit. While the price for a basic CHIP is only $9, the price with a VGA adapter is $19. With an HDMI adapter, the tiny PC will sell for $24, and $49 with the PocketCHIP handheld option. The first models are expected to ship in December with an Alpha program shipping in September.

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