Designed as a kind of interchangeable “guts” for devices like digital signage, kiosks, smart TVs, and even 2-in-1 computers, the Compute Card is functionally a complete computer small enough to fit inside a wallet.
Inside the Compute Card’s 55mm x 94.5mm x 5mm form factor is not just graphics and on-board storage, but also 4GB of DDR3 RAM, an Intel-branded processor, and both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity.
Intel has four models of the Compute Card currently planned for release, which you can compare the specifications of for yourself in the graphic below:
Additionally, Intel announced that early partners such as LG, Sharp, and Foxconn are already working on Compute Card-compatible products.
LG and Sharp are currently slated to make smart monitors and digital signage, respectively, while Foxconn (as well as companies like ECS, Seneca, and NexDoc) are working on miniature desktops and all-in-one PCs that can be easily upgraded by swapping out Compute Cards.
Other partners like Dell, Lenovo, HP, and Pasuntech were also announced, but have yet to declare any samples products they intend to use with the Compute Card.
It’s uncertain yet if Intel’s standardized plug-ins will take off, (pricing details are being saved for Q2 2017) but we are definitely intrigued by the concept and will keep an eye on where Intel’s micro-PCs take it.
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By Parker Wilhelm
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