CES 2017: Intel's New Compute Card Is Amazingly, Shockingly Thin
CES 2017 continues to surprise us all, with the latest from Intel being a shockingly-thin Compute Card, just announced during the show.
The modular computer is not just a miniature processor or something to that effect -- it's actually a full computer, complete with a 7th Generation Intel Kaby Lake processor, storage, memory, and the ability to connect wirelessly. You can't utilize USB-C or other power ports or connect it to displays, but what you can do with it is insert it into a larger device.
Of course, this makes sense as the device isn't meant for PCs. It's meant to be utilized in commercial devices and tools like robots, drones, signs, and more. It's meant to power up all-in-one devices that may not otherwise have room for entire computers. This tiny card could end up boosting these types of devices so that they can perform additional duties. You could also power-up otherwise modular PCs in need of additional computing power thanks to its size.
Intel plans on shipping the tiny Compute Card in the middle of 2017, and will be working with companies like HP, Lenovo, Sharp and Dell in the future to add slots to computers so they may take the card going forward and have a specialized area for them. The card won't be sold to consumers straight away and will only be available for partners, but that doesn't change how great this news is for those looking for additional computing power and possible IoT boosters. There's no telling where we'll be able to go from here.