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January 6, 2017updated 21 Jul 2022 4:35am

Intel makes the PC pocket-sized with new mini-computer for smart gadgets

The company's computer like compute card is built to run on smart IoT devices.

By Hannah Williams

Intel has unveiled a new modular compute platform, dubbed the Intel Compute Card. A miniature sized platform including elements like that of a full computer.

The company also announced that it will have different partners working together to help in accelerating its solutions based ecosystem. These partners include Dell, HP, Lenovo and Sharp.

Its ecosystem explores technologies and expertise for a connected world.

The mini-computer has been designed to transform the compute and connectivity in future connected devices.

The card’s functions include Intel SoC, memory, storage and wireless connectivity with flexile I/O options so that hardware manufacturers can optimise for their solutions. It measures a total of 94.5mm x 55mm x 5mm.

This device includes all the functions that are needed to run smart devices such as smart fridges, smart kiosks, security cameras and other Internet of Things gateways.

Announced at CES 2017, Intel said the card uses a variant within the USB-C port which is called ‘USB-C plus extension’, enabling it to connect with systems that it is plugged in to.

The connector gives devices direct access to the USB and PCle buses, HDMI and DisplayPort video outputs.

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Intel says that the Intel Compute Card will be made available to run Windows, Linux and all other operating systems which are able to run on a low-end PC.

Intel is yet to reveal all the specifications of its compute card, but is expected to release the information, along with availability and pricing in the middle of 2017. The compute card will also be available in mid-2017 with a range of processors such as its 7th gen Intel Core processors.

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