Earlier this year, at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Intel talked about its new product
— the Intel Compute Card
platform, an embedded credit card-sized computer. And now at another major event, Computex 2017, the company presented the specifications of the new product and its real samples.
Let me remind you, the idea of the Intel Compute Card is to bring all the “thinking abilities” of any thing — a car, a refrigerator, an access point — to a specialized module that can be removed, repaired or replaced if necessary. The computer has an absolutely standard architecture: a processor, storage, interfaces, is connected to the host with a single connector. It turned out a sort of "universal brain" for any component of the "Internet of things", and they are believed to be many.
And here are the variants of this brain - as we see, there is diversity, both in terms of performance, and, one should think, in terms of cost - according to the intelligence of the target device.
|CD1IV128MK||Intel Core i5-7Y57||4GB DDR3||128GB Intel SSD||Intel Wireless-AC 8265|
|CD1M3128MK||Intel Core m3-7Y30||4GB DDR3||128GB Intel SSD||Intel Wireless-AC 8265|
|CD1P64GK||Pentium N4200||4GB DDR3||64GB eMMC||Intel Wireless-AC 7265|
|CD1C64GK||Celeron N3450||4GB DDR3||64GB eMMC||Intel Wireless-AC 7265|
It seems that the older models of the Intel Compute Card line may be interesting for the consumer market as a basic component of, say, all-in-one computers or miniature workstations. It is obvious that the system based on the seventh generation Intel Core processor and SSD will be sufficiently productive for many domestic and professional needs. Well, with the size and everything is clear.
For convenience of personal use, Intel offers a docking station that joins a single USB-C Intel Compute Card into a more familiar set of connectors. Here you have a ready computer. But for Intel developers, according to tradition, offers assistance with a new product - reference tools and ready-made designs (Compute Card Device Design Kit). To date, more than a dozen cooperation agreements have been signed with major electronics manufacturers under the Intel Compute Card program. Deliveries of cards, as planned, will begin in the third quarter of this year.