People got really interested in low cost small factor Intel devices at the end of the year, and one of my article about MeegoPad T01, an HDMI TV Stick powered by an Intel Atom Z3735F processor, even made it to the top 10 posts of 2014 on this blog. But instead of simply relying on partners, Intel had decided to enter the fray with Intel Compute Stick that will run Windows or Ubuntu on an Atom Bay Trail processor.
There will actually be two versions of the hardware one for Windows 8.1 with Bing with 2GB RAM, and 32GB storage, and one for Linux with 1GB RAM, and 8G Storage. Intel Compute Stick preliminary specifications:
- SoC – Unnamed Intel Atom “Bay Trail” processor
- System Memory – 2 GB RAM (Windows) or 1 GB RAM (Linux)
- Storage – 32 GB eMMC (Windows) or 8 GB eMMC (Linux) + micro SD slot up
- Video & Audio Output – HDMI
- Connectivity – 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0
- USB – 1x USB 2.0 port, 1x micro USB port for power
- Misc – Power button
- Power Supply – 5V/2A via micro USB port.
- Dimensions and Weight – N/A
The Intel HDMI sticks will start selling in Q1 2015 for $149 for the Windows 8.1 version, and $89 for the Ubuntu version. More details should eventually shown up on Intel Computer Stick product page.