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Intel Compute Card is a Business Card Sized Platform for Modular & Upgradeable Computers & Devices

Intel has just introduced their Compute Card, the name likely originating from their Compute Stick & Module series, integrating all main components you’d find in a computer such as a processor, memory, storage, and wireless connectivity into an standardized ultra thin business card sized module that can be used in compatible devices from smart kiosks to security cameras and IoT gateways, as well as computers and laptops.

intel-compute-cardIntel has some demos at CES 2017, but has not announced any specific models yet. We still have some of the key features for the Compute Cards:

  • Processor up to 7th Gen Intel Core, memory, storage and wireless connectivity are all included in the card
  • Intel Compute Card-based device will provide the power, cooling and the optimized user I/O for that particularly solution
  • Connection to devices will be done via an Intel Compute Card slot with a new standard connector (USB-C plus extension)
  • USB-C plus extension connector will provide USB, PCIe, HDMI, DP and additional signals between the card and the device
  • Dimensions – 94.5 mm x 55 mm x 5 mm

It’s not the first time company have created compute module for upgradeability and modularity, as with, for example, EOMA68 CPU card going into a mini computer and laptop, just like BBC demo of Intel Compute Card below featuring Core-M processor.

Intel is now working with early partners such as Dell, HP, Lenovo, Sharp, and InFocus to develop products taking Compute Card. More details, including pricing, will be made available in Q2 2017 just before the Compute Card and compatible devices should start to hit the shelves around the middle of the year. You’ll find a few more details on Intel’s Compute Card product page and press release.

  1. willmore
    January 7th, 2017 at 09:32 | #1

    So, we’re finally doing the laptop with pluggable CPU so updates are easier? I would love it. But, the people who make laptops–and who wouldn’t need to make as many with this scheme–won’t like it, so what’s in it for them to buy into their concept?

  2. Paul Mansfield
    January 7th, 2017 at 22:02 | #2

    I like the idea of a tv becoming a dumber device and putting all the intelligence into a card. It means you can buy the best screen and choose what sort of operating system and experience you want.. I hope Apple, Amazon and Google jump on board, so you can have Apple tv, Android tv, kindle or windows.. or roll-your-own like Linux with Kody.

  3. TLS
    January 8th, 2017 at 09:37 | #3

    @Paul Mansfield
    I hope this becomes reality too, but it’s unlikely that the TV makers will be able to agree on a unified connector, so you’ll end up with Samsung, LG, Sony, Toshiba etc. cards that only works with their TV’s…

  4. January 8th, 2017 at 10:22 | #4

    @Paul Mansfield
    Xiaomi’s TV are going that way, as they separate the display and the main electronics with an extra box, allowing for extra thin TV (4.9mm+). Using such type of module would even go further in modularity/upgradeability.

  5. AllTheDumbCEOs
    January 24th, 2017 at 03:54 | #5

    What is the deference between Intel Compute Stick and this Card. Simple… lack of IO ports. So what Intel want to do with this product, they want to sell us a dock station or a tv with special slot. Bummer, just like apple did with the new laptop, they did put new form factor usb and start selling dongles, apple had removed stereo jack from new iphone and start selling expensive headphones 🙂 I cant see nothing revolutionary in this card but revolutionary restriction. If somebody have a chance to tear down a modern laptop/netbook for example Acer Aspire ES1-131, he will see a very small motherboard that support a better processor, more ram, sata port Bluetooth and so on and on, and it is fanless. So in that line of thinking, why should I buy a restrictive Intel compute card instead a cheap Intel nuc board, android stick, Intel stick, or some kind of Pi board. I am not sure is this just a lack of fantasy from this old guys from the clip or some non sense of them. Intel had made a perfect Nuc systems and board, and a great Compute Stick, but this Card I can not accept as future of anything.

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