What Next on 2in1 form factor?


Simply astounding. I remember glancing over this, but I now gave it a thorough read and I am officially floored. Imagine an Eve V using a Compute Card and being able to just upgrade the card instead of the entire tablet year after year. This sounds like the way we should be headed if it can planned out with at least the next three to five years promising interchangeability/backwards compatibility. It sounds a lot like the ClickARM technology the SMACH-Z would be using, only much more consumer friendly and well-executed.


You probably mean the Compute Card. The problem is that it includes all the main system components, so what’s left is just I/O devices. Screen, battery, keyboard, hard drive and so on. There are a couple of huge problems with the design.

  1. It has a really limited size so the computing power is limited. You will never have a high-end device like this (at least not in the nearest 10 years or so), because devices with less physical size limitation will have superior hardware.
  2. You need to replace all of it at once - the CPU, RAM, motherboard. That in most cases costs more than half of the total product price. On the other hand, it’s better than replacing all of it + body.


Why would you say that, I pasted in the press release and highlighted the details showing the compute card shipping with Kaby Lake processors (below). I would doubt Intel would stop there, the key is they can only use it in air cooled situations, at least I believe that to be the case.

Intel’s new credit card-sized computer, the Compute Card, could help businesses more rapidly connect their devices and grow their Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystems. The card, which is only 5 mm thick, was unveiled at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) on Thursday.
A press release announcing the Compute Stick refers to it as a “modular compute platform.” Intel said that it will be working with a set of partners to build out solutions for the ecosystem, including Dell, HP, Lenovo, and Sharp.
The goal is clear: Enable more connected devices and boost the speed of an IoT deployment. The Compute Card could be used to enable smart kiosks in an office or retail space, to add connectivity to personal appliances, or even to connect security cameras, the release said.
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Just because the Compute Card is small (95 mm x 55 mm x 5 mm) doesn’t mean it’s not powerful. Inside the device, users will find Intel system on a chip (SoC) as well as memory, storage, and wireless connectivity. The I/O options are also flexible, as to be customized for specific use cases.

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According to the release, device manufacturers will build a slot for the Compute Card into their devices, and then select the features that fit their needs. There are a range of processors available for the card, including the 7th generation (Kaby Lake) Intel Core processors. The Compute Card will connect to devices through a standard USB-C connection.
Intel is no stranger to tiny form factor computers, releasing multiple versions of its Compute Stick over the past few years. However, with broader capabilities, and a more narrowed focus, the Compute Card offers something more.
Being that the card itself is separate from the device it powers, it could make it easier for organizations to maintain and upgrade the smart capabilities of their IoT devices, without upgrading the device itself. For example, instead of buying an entirely new smart appliance when the features become obsolete, one simply replaces the Compute Card with a newer model. It could also make it easier to continue using the device if it were to become compromised, as one could simply remove the card and continue working.

Details and pricing of the Compute Card will be available in Q2 2017, and the device itself is expected to be available in the middle of the year.
The 3 big takeaways for TechRepublic readers
Intel’s new Compute Card is a credit card-sized computer that can be used to empower smart and connected devices in an IoT deployment.
The Compute Card is customizable with different processors, including up to 7th generation Kaby Lake processors.
The Compute Card could change the way the enterprise approaches IoT, making for easier upgrades and maintenance of connected devices.


Well, you know, there is Kaby Lake 7Y30 and Kaby Lake 7700K. Completely different things.[quote=“mcalbala, post:49, topic:6272”]
The Compute Card will connect to devices through a standard USB-C connection.

You must have misunderstood something then… It wouldn’t make sense to connect all the peripherals through just one USB port, there’s too much latency that way.


Of course, but this is the start.


The start of what? There is no start. Sure, it will get better. But real computers will get better too. There is no denying that.