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Next Thing Co. has ceased operations

In the spring of 2018 official confirmation of the closing down of Next Thing Co. appeared on the forum. The domain that included all the official documentation started returning 403 errors in July 2018 and the forum went offline on October 2nd, 2018. Be aware that links to NTC owned domains in this wiki are no longer functioning. Some C.H.I.P. users have been collecting most of the existing information in preparation for the inevitable, see the Archives page for links to their efforts and information about archiving some of the content inside this wiki.


C.H.I.P. Single-Board Computer Wiki. Hosted by free of charge. I've donated to them, have you?

This wiki is for the user community of Next Thing Co's CHIP single-board computer. All are welcome. Anonymous edits are not allowed, but you can create an account for yourself. Before creating an account, please read our high-tech anti-bot captcha all the way to the end. Then create an account for yourself, use the same username as you have on NTC's message board, and start adding content!

Please review the Guidelines before contributing.

Consult the Mediawiki User's Guide for information on using the wiki software. Or email the wiki administrators at

For a super quick guide on how to add content to the wiki, see Add Wiki Content (original source, 2nd post on page) .

The following are good places to start looking for information, or you can look for information by category.


  • Care and Feeding - NOT JUST FOR BEGINNERS: Dos and don'ts for keeping you and your CHIP healthy and sane.
  • Documentation - CHIP, DIP, PocketCHIP, CHIP Pro, and Gadget Documentation from NTC (pdfs)
  • Turn it on - How to start it up for the first time!
  • Troubleshooting - CHIP not boot? Scrambled video? Smoke and flames? Here's how others solved similar problems.
  • You don't have a TV? - Use a VNC server running on CHIP as a remote display so you don't have to use only console commands for basic things.
  • Glossary - Terms and abbreviations that are common among CHIPsters. Give it a skim even if you know the vocabulary just to get CHIPsters usage.
  • Easy Projects - Simple things to try that don't require Mad Skillz.
  • Linux resources - some learning resources for Linux beginners.


Finding, comparing, installing applications and software for C.H.I.P, C.H.I.P.Pro and PocketCHIP

  • Installing software - Need some apps? Want to install a favorite emulator or a web browser? Learn to use Debian's package management tool.
  • Compatible games and emulators list - Everyone love games. This list will help you to know what you can run on your C.H.I.P. or PocketC.H.I.P.



Collective wisdom on how to get things done.

  • Contribute to the Wiki - it's not hard, but it is a little different than the message board.
  • Power - how to power CHIP and its peripherals.

Flashing and configuring CHIP & pro

Using CHIP

Attaching peripherals


Facts about and comparisons of NTC computers and their kernels, including lists of what comes pre-installed. Also see the Advanced Hacking sections "Measurements" and "hardware Information"


  • DIPs - Add-on boards that are made to fit on CHIP (a.k.a. "shields", "capes", etc).
  • PocketCHIP - Super Handy Fun Computer.
  • USB Devices - Interesting USB peripherals for CHIP.
  • I2C Devices - Interesting I2C bus devices for CHIP.
  • Cases - from custom-made 3D printing, to modifying existing products, to building toys like Lego.
  • Hummus Ethernet DIP: static IP via DHCP - (post is now Obsolete) How to obtain a static IP via DHCP for the Hummus Ethernet DIP.




Got a git repository with some fun, cool or amazing stuff you wish to share with the community?

Then ask for it to be added to