C.H.I.P. is here and at just $9 it will compete heavily with Raspberry Pi making some wonder whether it will kill the previous winner in small computers.

C.H.I.P. has arrived at just $9 per build. C.H.I.P. is an entire computer and functions in the same great way that any system you would buy at the store would, to a certain point. Obviously, as with anything this small, there are some limitations. However, the limitations are seriously outweighed by the absolute benefits that would exist to having C.H.I.P. on the market. That’s why so many people are referring to this as a Raspberry Pi killer.

The first thing that consumers will notice when it comes to C.H.I.P. is its size. It’s tiny, but don’t let that small frame confuse anyone about what’s getting packed inside. It boasts a 1Ghz R8 ARM processor, as well as 512MB of RAM. As far as storage is concerned it has 4GB of eMMC storage on deck and brings new meaning to the words small computer since it runs a version of Debian Linux. That’s significant considering how inexpensive and powerful the device is when it’s broken down.

Comparing that to Raspberry Pi 2, which costs $35 to own – and brings a 900MHz Broadcom BCM2836 ARMv7 quad-core processor, as well as 1GB of RAM. Raspberry Pi 2 boasts support for four USB devices, as well as support for HDMI, but the added cost makes it less ideal for the type of application that a computer like this would be utilized for. Early indications are that the processor on C.H.I.P. is a little more powerful and more efficient than the Broadcom processor found on the Raspberry Pi 2. It also has a little more RAM memory. However, that doesn’t necessarily equate to a more effective piece of computing technology.

In fact, with the smaller price tag, and the better processor alone, this instantly becomes a better option for applications like tablet development. There have been a plethora of conversations already taking place regarding how this can be applied and used in low-cost tablets, and how that will completely change the way Chinese tablets are developed. Interestingly though, this is something that will take some time to take off. Thankfully though, for Next Thing Co., who developed C.H.I.P. the results are going to be impressive in the long run.

It’s also worth pointing out that C.H.I.P. can even be connected to an HDTV or monitor utilizing an HDMI or VGA adapter, which isn’t a difficult or costly piece of technology to come by. Combine this with the performance benefits, and this could easily morph into a Raspberry Pi killer as time goes on.

4 COMMENTS

  1. It’s hardly going to kill the Pi. It’s not as powerful, has less memory and is less capable graphically out-of-the-box with the composite output. The makers’ claims of being able to use it to browse the web are a bit dubious – the Pi 2 is only just capable of that. Plus it doesn’t have anything like analog inputs to make it distinct from the Pi. The $9 price tag is great until you add on postage, especially for international which is rip-off at $20, and add-on boards for VGA, HDMI etc.

    • If a small company can develop a device like this, it makes you wonder… Just how much… a company with R&D resources like Apple has marked up it’s iDevices.

      All Apple does is take a device like this and puts it inside a sexy package.

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