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article imageIntel's tiny Compute Card PC lets you 'transform everything'

By James Walker     Jan 6, 2017 in Technology
Intel has announced a new modular computing platform called the Compute Card. An evolution of its previous Compute Stick computer, Compute Card is small enough to fit into a wallet but still contains all the key hardware of a full computer.
The Compute Card includes a 7th-generation Intel Core processor, built-in graphics capabilities, storage and wireless connectivity options. Intel hasn't stated which chips will be offered but options could range from low-power Atoms up to Core i7s with performance to rival modern laptops such as Apple's MacBook.
Flexible power for smart devices
The Compute Card is a next-generation successor to the Compute Stick, Intel's dongle computer that could connect to any HDMI display. The Compute Card is more versatile though, capable of using a wider range of connectivity options and supporting an array of different housings. It could power home appliances and connected products instead of pure computers, supporting your TV, fridge or lighting system.
Intel is working hard to create a robust product line-up for the Internet of Things. Compute Card will become a significant development to affirm the company's presence in the space. After almost entirely missing out on mobile, Intel is looking to the Internet of Things as its next major category.
"Intel has been a leader in delivering technology to help realize the benefits of the Internet of Things and enable more smart and connected devices," the company said today. "The Intel Compute Card is being developed with that in mind, to transform the way compute and connectivity can be integrated and used in future devices."
Modular platform
Intel is working with a range of partners including Dell, HP, Lenovo and Sharp to develop products based on the Compute Card. It is also reaching out to smaller regional partners who want to use the computer in their projects. Companies including Seneca Data, InFocus, DTx, TabletKiosk and Pasuntech have already signed up.
The idea is manufacturers only need to include a Compute Card slot in their product for it to be compatible with the platform. They can then select the Compute Card most applicable to their device's needs. If the requirements change in the future, or the hardware becomes outdated, the customer will be able to replace the Compute Card with a newer module.
The Compute Card is based on Intel's full x86 processor architecture so it'll be able to run any modern desktop operating system, including Windows and Linux. It's less of a consumer-oriented product than the Compute Stick it replaces though, more suited to embedded devices than living room PCs.
The Compute Card will launch in mid-2017 with a range of hardware options. Intel hasn't announced further availability and pricing details.
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