COMPUTEX 2017 | Intel's credit card-sized PC fully detailed
Intel's card-sized (and aptly named) Compute Card was first teased at CES, but not much information was available at the time. The company has given the Compute Card its official launch this Computex in Taiwan, revealing its full specifications and a shipping date.
The compute card will ship in four variants: The two top of the line will feature 128GB Intel SSDs and Intel 8265 network cards, but the top-end SKU features a Y-series i5 while the other will use a slightly slower Y-series i3. The two cheaper models substitute 64GB of eMMC in place of the SSD and feature last generation's (still-capable) Intel 7265 network card. The lowest-end model uses a Celeron N3450 CPU while the slightly higher-end one will use a Pentium N4200. All four SKUs come with 4GB DDR3 RAM standard.
The most interesting aspect of the compute card is its form-factor and potential usage. Intel wants companies to use the Card as a modular insertion to power a variety of other devices. For example, Foxconn and Seneca will use the Card to power mini PCs while Sharp is using it for digital signage products. There are plenty of other concept projects in the works designed to be powered by the Compute Card, as well.
The Compute Card will be shipping in August, but pricing is not yet available.