A side panel is a container with additional context information relating to the main application that is displayed in a separate screen area.
A CHIP (Collaborative Human Interface Part) is an encapsulated piece of software that, together with other CHIPs, provides functions on a page or side panel of the Web Dynpro ABAP Page Builder. All available CHIPs are registered in a library (referred to as the CHIP catalog). Technically, CHIPs are Web Dynpro ABAP components that implement a specific Web Dynpro component interface.
All the CHIPs delivered by SAP are based on the Business Object Repository (BOR). For more information, see Business Object Repository.
In the runtime environment of the Web Dynpro ABAP Page Builder, you can select CHIPs from the CHIP catalog and integrate them into a page. The CHIP catalog consists of a file structure that is generated from data provided by CHIP providers.
A CHIP provider page is a page created with the Web Dynpro ABAP Page Builder that is classified as a CHIP provider. This classification allows the page to be added to a CHIP catalog and the CHIPs contained in it can be made available to the user. By configuring the CHIPs, you can provide the users with preconfigured CHIPs, which means they don't have to copy them.