DIPs

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What are good with chips? Why dips, of course!

In the case of CHIP, a DIP is a circuit board designed to fit on top of the CHIP computer (other communities use terms "shields", "hats", "plates", and "capes") and provide expanded capabilities.


DIP Provider AtMega328P PWM Motors DCDC Power Supply USB Hub Prototype Area Relay HDMI VGA LEDs USB Soundcard Wired Ethernet
HDMI NTC x
VGA NTC x
Salsa JKW x x x
Salsa II JKW x x x x
Queso JKW x x
Onion JKW x x
Spinache 1 JKW 38
Guacamole JKW x
Humus2 JKW x
Protoboard WBOX

1 - Requires a driver board like the Salsa II
2 - Sometimes spelled "Hummus"


Commercial DIPs

Since CHIP is still very young, the only commercially available DIPs were from NTC itself but have since been discontinued:

  • HDMI adapter - to get higher-resolution graphical output compatible with HDMI displays. NOTE: CHIP does not supply digital sound, so this HDMI adapter is not able to supply the sound signal to your HDMI display. I don't know if this is available for immediate delivery.
  • VGA adapter - to get VGA-compiatible graphical output. I don't know if it improves resolution over the composite video output. I don't know if this is available for immediate delivery.


Community DIPs

These devices are often not available for off-the-shelf purchase, although you might be able to work something out with the designer.

  • Tzatziki DIP - A micro SD card extension to add more storage
  • Salsa DIP - 8-bit Arduino-compatible co-processor board, intended to execute real time user code. Read this or see JKW's post for all its features.
  • Queso DIP - a USB expander and power regulator. The power regulator provides power for the DIP, the CHIP, and a lot of current for each of the (up to) 4 expansion USB connectors.
  • Onion DIP - a prototyping board with some goodies built onto it. Intended for experimentation.
  • Protoboard DIP - bare protoboard with stacking and non-stacking options by Wickerbox and OSH Park
  • Crumb DIP - A build-it-youself USB power source adapter that does not use a USB port
  • Ziffy DIP - Connect a simple parallel display with this dip to your CHIP, also adds micro SD jack (in development)
  • Parallel RGB LCP DIP - Connect a simple parallel display with this dip to your CHIP (in development)