CES 2017 | Intel one-ups Compute Stick with Compute Card, a credit-card sized PC
From Intel's NUC series to the Compute Stick, the Santa Clara company has long sought to redefine our ideas of what a computer looks like and how big it needs to be. Intel continues this trend with the Compute Card, a credit-card-sized computer measuring a mere 0.2 inches thick.
Unlike the Compute Stick, which is aimed at consumers who want to turn their TV into a PC, Intel is hoping the Compute Card will be popular with developers for IoT (Internet of Things) gadgets, such as smart-home or enterprise devices. Brad Linder of Liliputing notes that the card form factor allows for easy upgrades to larger systems by swapping out an older Card for a newer one.
The Compute Card will include an Intel SoC (passively cooled), memory, storage, wireless, and "flexible" connectivity options, though details are not yet available. Intel says it's working with a number of partners, including Dell, HP, Lenovo, and Sharp, to develop IoT solutions that could incorporate the Compute Card. It will be available in mid-2017.