Friday, January 6th 2017

Intel Unveils Compute Card, a Credit Card-Sized Compute Platform

Today, Intel is announcing a new modular compute platform called the Intel Compute Card along with a range of partners who will be working with Intel to help accelerate the ecosystem of solutions based on the Intel Compute Card. Intel has been a leader in delivering technology to help realize the benefits of the Internet of Things and enable more smart and connected devices. The Intel Compute Card is being developed with that in mind, to transform the way compute and connectivity can be integrated and used in future devices.
The Intel Compute Card has all the elements of a full computer, including Intel SoC, memory, storage and wireless connectivity with flexible I/O options so hardware manufacturers can optimize for their particular solutions - from interactive refrigerators and smart kiosks to security cameras and IoT gateways. Device makers simply design a standard Intel Compute Card slot into their device and then utilize the best Intel Compute Card for their performance and price needs. 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 is working with a wide range of partners who share our vision that the Intel Compute Card could significantly change the way they and the rest of the industry design and productize a wide range of solutions in the near future. These partners are working to develop products that can take advantage of the simplified design, ease of serviceability and user upgradeability of the Intel Compute Card. Intel is proud to be working with leading global partners, including Dell, HP, Lenovo and Sharp, to bring this vision to reality. In addition, Intel is working with a range of regional partners who are all looking to bring unique solutions to their respective markets. These early partners include Seneca Data, InFocus, DTx, TabletKiosk and Pasuntech.

Key Features
  • Range of processors, up to 7th Gen Intel Core processors
  • Incredibly small at 94.5mm x 55mm x 5mm
  • Processor, 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
The Intel Compute Card will be available in mid-2017~.Source: Intel Newsroom
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10 Comments on Intel Unveils Compute Card, a Credit Card-Sized Compute Platform

#1
chaosmassive
wow, thats some mission impossible stuff !
I knew it !, if its on movies then its real thing :rockout:
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#2
zedn
Next they will come up with wireless portable touchscreens, then you put this card thing in your bag, and eventually your touchscreen turns into a windows phone or Surface or whatever......
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#3
Brusfantomet
That is interesting, seeing as there is no ventilation slots in the ting, and its 5 mm think, probably uses the enclosure as a heat sink.

wonder what the power and performance numbers are, its probably Atom core/cores since you don't need that much power to run a simple user interface.

zedn said:
Next they will come up with wireless portable touchscreens, then you put this card thing in your bag, and eventually your touchscreen turns into a windows phone or Surface or whatever......
Yeah, its comparable to a smart phone size, only lacks the battery.
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#4
hellrazor
I wonder how these will affect F@H or Prime95 or similar things.
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#5
justanerd
ups ... wasn't aware that creditcards are 5mm thick nowadays ... wonder why products are always adverted with specs impossible to fullfill .. makes them less attractive within seconds when one realises one was fooled straight.
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#6
Brusfantomet
hellrazor said:
I wonder how these will affect F@H or Prime95 or similar things.
Thermal throttling within seconds, these are not built to be powerful, but in stead a low power box to run windows for GUI in industry and POS.
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Toothless
Brusfantomet said:
That is interesting, seeing as there is no ventilation slots in the ting, and its 5 mm think, probably uses the enclosure as a heat sink.

wonder what the power and performance numbers are, its probably Atom core/cores since you don't need that much power to run a simple user interface.



Yeah, its comparable to a smart phone size, only lacks the battery.
Says would be able to run an i7 and if so, maybe a 2c/4t version.
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olstyle
Toothless said:
Says would be able to run an i7 and if so, maybe a 2c/4t version.
Intel has constantly downgraded the minimum requirement for what an "i7" actually is. Nowadays it's mostly "the most powerful Intel processor in one segment". So a "compute card i7" could still be a 1Ghz tops DC without HT.
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Prima.Vera
chaosmassive said:
wow, thats some mission impossible stuff !
I knew it !, if its on movies then its real thing :rockout:
What's so mission impossible? Your Smartphone is doing or can do the same thing for the past couple of years. Now we are finally going to have an x86 CPU inside instead of ARM.
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#10
Blueberries
Reminds me of the old Satellite TV biscuits
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