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CES 2017 | Intel one-ups Compute Stick with Compute Card, a credit-card sized PC

The Compute Card is targeted at IoT developers. (Source: Intel)
The Compute Card is targeted at IoT developers. (Source: Intel)
Intel's Compute Card is a credit-card-sized PC measuring a scant 0.2 inches thick.

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.

Intel's original compute stick was impressively compact upon its release in April 2015. (Source: Intel)
Intel's original compute stick was impressively compact upon its release in April 2015. (Source: Intel)

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Douglas Black, 2017-01- 6 (Update: 2017-01- 6)
Douglas Black
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I am a university Lecturer and researcher in English writing, but I like to keep myself busy. Between weightlifting, MMA, and SCUBA diving, one of my life-long interests has always been computers. I used Macs until about 17 years ago when I switched to PCs because of an interest in games, but I'm still interested in top quality laptops that push the design envelope.