Intel Compute Card already tapped for use in modular convertible PC
Intel's Compute Card is a credit-card-sized PC measuring 0.2 inches thick. The Card made its debut at this year's Consumer Electronics Show and was being marketed as a replaceable, modular solution for IoT (Internet of Things) developers, business enterprises, and smart-home appliance makers. Despite not being any of these things, startup NexDock has announced a 2-in-1 modular PC for consumers which will utilize the Intel Compute Card as its brains.
The NexDock will not the first modular laptop. The Kangaroo Notebook, which released earlier in 2016, was an inexpensive notebook shell powered by one of Kangaroo's own mini-PCs. Where the NexDock paves a new road is that it's the first modular 2-in-1 convertible. The 2017 NexDock uses a Surface-like design consisting of a tablet (which contains the slot for the Compute Card) with kickstand and a detachable keyboard. NexDock's design will allow the customer to pick the Compute Card with the specs that best fit their needs—or even none at all, as the 2017 dock will also support smartphones, Raspberry Pi, or other mini-PC. In addition to allowing the user to use different hardware to power the device, it will also have modules that add abilities such as more ports or battery life.