17 January 2017
Intel has announced a new kind of device at the CES 2017, which is a credit-card sized computer. Known as the Intel Compute Card, this small device is meant to be a game-changer in the arena of Internet of Things. Developers use the chip to build smarter IoT applications.
The Compute Card has all the components that are present in a PC. There's an integrated System-on-Chip (SoC) processor, there's a flash memory (RAM), and there's even wireless connectivity - which is perhaps the most important part of an IoT device. Even so, the device is as small as a credit card, measuring 3.7 x 2.2 inches, with a width of only 5mm.
The Compute Card can be used by developers and businesses to integrate an Intel processor into their smart devices, such as refrigerators, security cameras, and so on. Intel is reportedly working with manufacturers like Dell, HP and Lenovo on the project.
"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," Intel said in a news brief. "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."
There are not much technical details available at this time. But Intel has said that it will be adding its latest 7th generation Kaby Lake processors into the mix. Intel has also announced at the CES that 7th generation Core and new Intel Xeon chips are now shipping out.