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CHIP the world's cheapest computer: $9, 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB storage, WiFi

CHIP the world's cheapest computer: $9, 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB storage, WiFi

CHIP is essentially a dev board with specifications including 1GHz chipset, 512MB of RAM, 4GB storage, WiFi, and Bluetooth.

New Delhi: Who would have thought owning a computer could get this cheap! Listed on the crowd-funding website Kickstarter, CHIP is a fully functional computer, complete with built-in WiFi, all for just $9.

Dubbed CHIP, this computer is essentially a dev board but has specifications at par with standard traditional computers: 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of onboard storage and Bluetooth to connect cordless peripherals.

A report on Geek notes that the dev board-looking CHIP can run a full Linux desktop and do all what a normal computer does; you can hook up power, run a video cable to a display, surf with Chromium, chat in Pidgin, or watch videos in VLC using the 2.3 x 1.5 inches tiny computer.

What makes CHIP this cheap is its core that has been pulled out of an inexpensive Chinese tablet. CHIP uses an Allwinner SoC, which is powerful yet cheap and is installed in numerous bargain-priced devices on sites like Aliexpress or Geekbuying.

The cheap tag is only for the basic configuration, if you want a VGA or HDMI port, you’ll need to spend $10 and $15 extra respectively. It can also be turned into a handheld PC that looks like a maker’s BlackBerry for $40 more.

While CHIP makes even the $35 Raspberry Pi 2 seem overpriced, the cheapest dev board isn’t seeing the light of the day anytime before May, 2016 when it begins shipping.
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first published:May 11, 2015, 07:48 IST