Raspberry Pi has finally met its match.

Meet C.H.I.P., the world’s first insanely cheap, insanely useful and fully-loaded SoC produced by the amazing dudes of Next Thing Co. It’s epic:

Here are some specs to wet your appetite:

  • 1GHz Allwinner A13 compatible SoC
  • Mali400 GPU
  • 512MB RAM
  • 4GB flash storage
  • 802.11b/g/n WiFi
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Composite video output + HDMI / VGA capability via $10-15 adapters
  • USB + Micro USB ports
  • 1/8-inch jack for audio input/output
  • Runs a Debian-based Linux OS + supports OTA updates
  • Supports a healthy and growing ecosystem of “thousands” of open-source Linux apps
  • Is completely open-source (!!)

The guys assure us all that, while this computer is tiny in size, it’s got muscle. They mention LibreOffice, Chromium, and video game emulators as just a few of the many applications C.H.I.P. is capable of handling. As they say on their Kickstarter page:

C.H.I.P. is powerful enough to run real software

So now you might be wondering when they’ll ship this bad boy. If you order through their Kickstarter campaign today, you can expect to receive a C.H.I.P. in December of this year. They expect to ship orders from the rest of the general public “early next year,” slated for May.

It was only a matter of time before we found a way to stuff so much awesome utility into a $9 gizmo. I can’t wait to see what the world cooks up with it!