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Tiny $9 computer smashes fundraising goal on Kickstarter

A small computer that will cost $9 (£6) in its most basic form has exceeded its initial modest fundraising goal by almost $900,000 in only five days.

The Californian start-up Next Thing said its credit-card sized C.H.I.P. computer will have a 1Ghz processor, 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage.

The device, ready to hit the market in early 2016, could be yet another rival to the popular Raspberry Pi computer, and also cheaper – the Raspberry Pi Model A is $25.

Although there are similarities between the two, such as being built around an Arm chip, the C.H.I.P. computer includes Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0, which the standard Raspberry configuration doesn’t.

C.H.I.P. can run a version of the Linux operating system and connects to any monitors and displays via a built-in composite output or with an adapter for VGA or HDMI.

Since launching on Kickstarter five days ago, the tiny computer has proved popular and surpassed its goal with 25 days still to go until the funding campaign closes.

At the time of writing C.H.I.P. has raised $931,959 in pledges on Kickstarter from over 18,000 people, far beyond the initial target of $50,000.

However, it seems that Next Thing have spared a few features in order to be smaller and cheaper than the Pi such as the graphical abilities.

C.H.I.P also comes pre-loaded with Scratch, a language that teaches the basic of programming for games and animations, according to the company.

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