Intel had a unique press conference yesterday at CES 2017, one that was in person but mostly in Virtual rEality. Today, they are wasting no time and unveiling a computer that is the size of a credit card– Introducing the Intel Compute Card.
While you might not be using this to power your home computer, it just is powering the devices that make up your smart home. Rather it is meant to be a modular computing solution that can power IoT devices of the future. Meaning that a Compute Card slot could become a standard in refrigerators, ovens, or anything. Thus allowing the manufacturer to work with Intel and its partners to find the best Compute Card for the product and its use cases.
And it actually is the size of a credit card, and it is powerful, coming in at just 94.5 mm x 55 mm x 5 mm. It packs Intel SoC, memory, storage and wireless connectivity with different port options. More specifically it is powered by up to up to 7th Gen Intel Core processors. The device that the Compute Card is plugged into will provide power, and Intel is saying that it will utilize the USB-C plus extension. This new cord will convert out to a USB, PCIe, HDMI, DP, and other standards.
Intel expects for the Compute Card to be available in the middle of the year. They are working with partners like Dell, HP, Lenovo, and Sharp to offer different models as well.
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