First an update on C.H.I.P. pre-orders. C.H.I.P.s are starting to come off the production line this week!
Over the next two and a half weeks, they’ll be tested, packaged, and prepared for shipment.
Confirmed C.H.I.P. pre-orders placed on or before September 15th are estimated to ship between October 25th and November 3rd.
We can’t wait for you to get your hands on your C.H.I.P.s. If you have issues with your order don’t hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our manufacturing and logistics teams have been solely focused on getting C.H.I.P. production ramped up to make sure you get your C.H.I.P.s posthaste. Across the garage in a dimly lit section of the electronics lab, Gus and the NTC R&D crew have been hard at work.
Today we're enormously excited to announce to three new additions to the C.H.I.P. family: GR8, C.H.I.P. Pro & Gadget - See them all here! - https://getchip.com/pages/chippro
The first NTC designed microchip, GR8 is a 14mm x 14mm System-in-Package (SiP) developed in collaboration with Allwinner. The SiP combines C.H.I.P.'s beloved R8 System-on-Chip (SoC) with 256MB of DDR3 memory from Nanya. GR8 is 100% compatible with the hundreds of thousands of R8s already used in C.H.I.P. and includes many new peripherals the C.H.I.P.ster community has been asking for.
Since it's a C.H.I.P. chip, GR8 has open access NDA-free datasheets, the same awesome Mainline Linux support as C.H.I.P., and one simple price no matter how many units you buy. GR8 is $6 and includes an AXP-209 intelligent power management unit. GR8 will be available in any quantity in December 2016 without restriction from 1 to 1MM+ units.
Get the datasheet now on Github - https://github.com/NextThingCo/CHIP_Pro-Hardware/tree/master/Datasheets
A tiny GR8 powered computer designed and optimized for embedding in projects, prototypes, and products. Since C.H.I.P. launched, we've received thousands of requests from all over the world to buy huge quantities of C.H.I.P.s. Requests have come from nearby hackerspaces to multinational enterprises—they all wanted C.H.I.P. in quantities from 500 to 250,000 units.
We always intended for C.H.I.P. to be used to prototype computer powered products, but we quickly realized our beloved C.H.I.P. wasn't always the best fit. Many of the design choices we made that make C.H.I.P. awesome to use, make it hard to build into products. C.H.I.P. Pro addresses these issues, implements feature requests from the community, and is engineered to embed in products. C.H.I.P. and C.H.I.P. Pro are similar in many important ways, but different where it counts when the demands of products are paramount.
- Industrial Grade —512MB SLC NAND
- Updated Realtek WiFi / BT chipset with B/G/N & BT 4.2
- Digital Audio / Support for SD Cards via pins
- USB Breakout for PCB Designs incorporating USB based peripherals
- Breadboard and SMT Placeable
- A complete suite of certifications: WiFi Alliance, Bluetooth Consortium, FCC, CE, ROHS
- Based on GR8 making it 76% smaller than C.H.I.P.
- Better power consumption with ~3mA suspend to RAM
- And much, much more...
It's all covered in the datasheets, which are completely open and available now here - https://github.com/NextThingCo/CHIP_Pro-Hardware/tree/master/Datasheets
C.H.I.P. Pro follows in C.H.I.P.’s footsteps and is a completely open source design—schematic, layout, BOM, and datasheets. CHIP Pro is $16 and will be available in any quantity from 1 to 1MM+. C.H.I.P. Pro will be available in volume December 2016 and Dev Kits are on sale today for $49 shipping in December 2016.
An Open Source Linux-based OS, software toolchain, and cloud infrastructure to build C.H.I.P. Pro & GR8 powered projects, prototypes, and products. Gadget is the culmination of years prototyping and manufacturing Linux powered products.
Gadget is designed to bring the speed, openness, and productivity of modern software development to the world of embedded hardware. Gadget is based on the same tools we built to design, test, flash, and update C.H.I.P. We’re super-excited to get Gadget into the hands of C.H.I.P.sters. We’ll be inviting C.H.I.P.sters of all flavors from Pocketeer to Kernel Hacker to start playing with Gadget soon. As with anything C.H.I.P., Gadget is a team effort and we’re all itching to get the CHIPster community involved. Keep an eye out, many more details coming soon.
We’re posting this here first so every C.H.I.P.ster gets the scoop first. More details and C.H.I.P. Pro Dev Kits are available on the C.H.I.P. Pro page - https://getchip.com/pages/chippro
Once you've browsed the datasheets, there's a new forum category to talk all things C.H.I.P. Pro, GR8 and Gadget - https://bbs.nextthing.co/c/CHIP-Pro
Everyday we explore the forums and everyday we are amazed by the projects, PocketC.H.I.P. mods, kernel hacks, and most of all YOU our mighty C.H.I.P.sters! It’s been incredible to see the community grow so quickly and still remain the fun, helpful, and thoughtful place we all hoped it would be. We can’t thank you all enough for your support.
Much, much more to come! But first, a nap.
Dave & the whole NTC Crew