The $9 Computer: What do you get?

A crowdfunded project to bring to market a $9 computer has blown past its initial goal of $50,000 to raise over $500,000 in a few days. But what does $9 buy you?

A crowdfunded project to bring to market a $9 computer has blown past its initial goal of $50,000 to raise over $500,000 in a few days.

The project, called C.H.I.P., is a Linux-powered computer that's described as being "built for work, play, and everything in between!"

But what does $9 buy you? The answer is, a lot.

At the heart of the C.H.I.P. is a 1GHz Allwinner 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.

On the output front it features a single USB port, a micro USB that supports OTG, a composite video output (with options for VGA and HDMI via an adapter), headphones output and microphone input.

C.H.I.P. also supports 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0, so it's also a capable wireless device.

This hardware is powerful enough to power LibreOffice, the Chromium browser, and a whole host of games and programs to teach programming. There are options for an external battery, a 4.3-inch touchscreen, and a plastic shell to compliment the C.H.I.P.

It's actually quite amazing just how much silicon $9 can buy you.

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