C.H.I.P. is the world’s first $9 computer

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Save your documents, surf the web and play games with this palm-sized computer.

When you think back to the days of the earliest computers, which weighed in at 55-pounds, packed only 64 KB of RAM and a carried a price tag of a whopping $20,000, it’s always astonishing to really see just how far we’ve come. Take for instance, Oakland-based startup Next Thing Co., who has just introduced an uber mini, single-board computer with 512MB of RAM for only $9.


Designed with Makers in mind, C.H.I.P. is not your everyday computer. The open-source board runs Debain-based Linux and boasts a 1Ghz R8 ARM processor, an ARM Mali-400 GPU, 512MB of RAM and 4GB of eMMC storage. Impressively, this little fellow is even more powerful than a Raspberry Pi B+ and equal to the BeagleBone Black in terms of clock speed, RAM and storage.


What sets C.H.I.P. apart from the others is its built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and extreme portability. This enables users…

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