Re: Will $9 Linux CHIP Replace Raspberry Pi?
I'm a huge fan of this sort of movement and everything that's going on in this space. CHIP looks really cool, the people behind it come off as very passionate and genuine in the Kickstarter video, and I'm sure I'll be picking up one (or five) for myself when it launches early next year. Much like Chromebooks and the like, the bet on cloud-and-web services to do a lot of the heavy lifting (I assume this is particularly what they have in mind when they claim 'lots of' gaming) is fairly convincing... it does beg the question of just how many cheap microcomputers I need, but then that just makes the price point all the smarter; for nine dollars, you can't possibly go wrong buying one, can you?
All that said, there were a couple of a caveats I noticed. Component as the standard video output seems like an odd decision (although, in a few use cases, it might be a welcome addition). Tacking on an HDMI adapter through the Kickstarter almost triples the price to $24. I also noticed CHIP only supports 802.11b/g/n for WiFi where, as you noted, competitors like the Chromebit use 802.11ac. 802.11ac features like MU-MIMO could be missed considering CHIP is advertised as being IoT-ready. One minor correction, too, Nathan - the package with all add-ons actually brings the cost up to $93 - the $50 version includes just the CHIP and the "pocketCHIP", not all the adapters and the extra battery. All of this is, no doubt, in an effort to make that $9 base price feasible, which I commend - it still makes me wonder about CHIP's ability to really compete with the Raspberry Pi, though.