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C.H.I.P. is a computer that costs less than RM50

By Azizul Rahman Ismail - on 8 May 2015, 10:38am

C.H.I.P. is a computer that costs less than RM50

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What if someone tells you that you could own a PC for less than RM50? Imagine schools in rural areas being fully equipped with computers at a fraction of the cost of an Apple Watch Edition. Well that’s the reality with CHIP, the world’s first US$9 (~RM35) computer.

Don’t scoff at the idea, for less than the price of a hardcover novel, you’ll get a 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage. C.H.I.P. also has built-in WiFi and Bluetooth for connectivity.

For ports, C.H.I.P. has a USB port, a composite video output, and a port for power. What do you do for a mouse, we hear you ask? That's what the Bluetooth connectivity is for. Additionally, you could also add VGA or HDMI supports via add-ons.

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The C.H.I.P. runs on a Linux based operating system and although it’ll never run Crysis, it's foolish to expect such power from a computer at this price anyway. It has thousands of apps and is powerful enough to run Office Libre, access the internet, teach programming languages, play DOS games and more.

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C.H.I.P. is also so small that it could be turned into a handheld with the PocketC.H.I.P. for a pledge as low as US$49 (~RM177). You could even equip a classroom with 10 PocketC.H.I.P.s and 10 C.H.I.P.s for a pledge of US$489 (~RM1762).

Some may compare the C.H.I.P. to the relatively more powerful Raspberry Pi 2, and that’s a fair comparison as both are single board computers with GPIO pins, but the latter costs around US$35 (RM126). But between these two choices and having to pay out of your own pocket, which one would you rather experiment on?

Source: Kickstarter