NextThingCo CHIP

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NextThingCo CHIP
Device front.jpg
Manufacturer Next Thing Co.
Dimensions 62mm x 41mm x 11/15mm
Release Date December 2015
Website Chip Product Page
SoC R8 @ 1Ghz
DRAM 512MiB DDR3-800E @ 360MHz, timings: 6-6-6-14 (uboot timings) (K4B4G1646Q-HYK0)
Power DC 5V @ ~1A, 3.7V Li-Ion battery (Not included)
Video Composite with 3.5mm to RCA A/V adapter
Audio 3.5mm to RCA A/V adapter
Network WiFi 802.11 b/g/n d/e/h/i Bluetooth v4 (rtl8723bs)
USB 1 USB2.0 Host, 1 USB2.0 OTG

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CHIP (C.H.I.P.) was a single-board computer crowdfunded by now-defunct Next Thing Co. (NTC), released as open-source hardware running open-source software. CHIP and related products are discontinued.



On the back of the device, the following is printed:

CHIP v1.0

For an android device, find out the strings as reported under settings.

Sunxi support

Current status

CHIP has some support in mainline U-Boot and kernel (defconfig and device tree). CHIP's SLC NAND is not supported by Mainline U-Boot.

Manual build

You can build things for yourself by following our Manual build howto and by choosing from the configurations available below.


Sunxi/Legacy U-Boot

Chip is not supported by Sunxi/Legacy U-Boot

Mainline U-Boot

Use the CHIP_defconfig build target.

Linux Kernel

Sunxi/Legacy Kernel

Not supported.

Mainline kernel

Use the sun5i-r8-chip.dtb device-tree binary.

Tips, Tricks, Caveats

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FEL mode

Shorting out the FEL and GND pins before connecting power will cause the device to boot in FEL mode.

Device specific topic

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Locating the UART

Describe how to find the RX,TX,GND signals here, and mention the UART howto.


Take some pictures of your device, upload them, and add them here. DO NOT UPLOAD PICTURES WHICH YOU PLUCKED OFF THE INTERNET.


  • Alpha CHIP
  • CHIP Pro
  • Chip v2

Also known as

  • C.H.I.P.

See also

Manufacturer images

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