CHIPMAKER Intel has unveiled the Compute Card, a credit card-sized PC that's aimed at developers looking to upgrade Internet of Things (IoT) devices.
The device, which follows on from the not-quite-as-small Intel Compute Stick, has all of the components that you'd expect to find in a PC including an integrated system-on-chip (SoC), RAM, storage and wireless connectivity.
It's just a shade thicker than a credit card, measuring in at around 3.7in x 2.2in, and is Intel's thinnest PC to date at just 0.2in, or 5mm thick.
The Compute Card is aimed at developers and businesses looking to integrate a computer with an Intel processor into smart devices, such as interactive refrigerators, smart kiosks, security cameras and IoT gateways.
Device makers simply design a standard Intel Compute Card slot into their device and then utilise the best Intel Compute Card for their performance and price needs," Intel explains.
"This reduces the time and resources needed to design and validate the compute block and helps speed up innovation to bring the power of intelligence into an ever wider range of devices."
Intel says it"s already working with hardware partners including Dell, HP, Lenovo, Sharp, InFocus and a number of others.
The Intel Compute Stick will be available later this year, pricing details remain under wraps. Full specifications are also yet to be confirmed, although the firm has said that it's latest 7th-gen Core 'Kaby Lake' processors will be thrown into the mix.
It has been a busy week for Intel, with the firm taking to CES earlier this week to announce that its 7th-gen Core and Xeon chips are now shipping.
The firm also pledged that its first 10nm chips, dubbed 'Cannon Lake', are still on track for a 2017 release and will start to show up in PCs later this year. µ
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