Intel Compute Stick HDMI TV Dongle Runs Windows or Ubuntu for as Low as $89

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.

Intel_Compute_StickThere 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.

Via Liliputing.

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ovidiu
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Wondering if on the 2 gb with 32 gb emmc version Linux is usable or is windows only.
extra resources never harm in Linux 🙂

jn
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jn

well, looks promising but there is still something to wait for (HDMI-CEC) 🙂

matt
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matt

Has Z3735F decent linux gpu drivers? PowerVR inside, right?

vpeter
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vpeter

matt, it has Intel HD Graphic. As expected.

Manny
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Manny

Just shows how more efficient Linux is.
(Even Unity)

And is now even preinstalled by intel should give it a boost in popularity and make our lives a bit easier not having to install ourselves and messing some stuff up like has happened to other peeps loosing usb function along with m/kb trying to boot images, etc

dhead666
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dhead666

@Manny
You probably not using Chromium or Firefox.
If one use an advanced desktop like Gnome and a full featured browser like Chromium then 2GB is the bare minimum and 4GB is highly recommended.
For Kodi/OpenELEC then 1GB is more than enough.

anonymous
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anonymous

It looks nice but no gigabit Ethernet, no sale.

Sander
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Sander

So, how did this go? Intel provided a reference design for such quad-atom sticks to manufacterers, with an embargo until Jan 7 (CES), and the Chinese manufacterers broke the embargo?

Henk Poley
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Henk Poley

Does this mean Intel will bring 32bit EUFI support to Ubuntu? Or have they changed their mind with recent Atoms?

sspiff
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sspiff

@vpeter , Intel has been branding PowerVR as Intel graphics in many of their low-power Atoms for years. Bay Trail was the first generation that had **some** models coming out with Intel’s own graphics hardware, but the SoC versions in phones and tablets (and likely this stick) are still PowerVR.

The PowerVR graphics found in Atom SoCs rarely work well on Linux.

Peter
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Peter

@sspiff, thank you – I didn’t know that. Just googling right now to educate myself 🙂

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