Pocket-sized Card turns monitors into PCS
A new computer the size of a credit card will transform monitors into full-blown PCS.
Intel’s Compute Card, small enough to fit in your wallet, comes with the basic ingredients of a PC – a processor, memory, storage and Wi-fi – but has been designed to slot into other devices to let them work like a computer.
South Korean company LG has said it will make monitors that work with the Compute Card, meaning you need to buy only a keyboard and mouse to use it as a computer. HP and Lenovo are also said to be working on compatible products.
Intel says that the Card can also be slotted into a smart TV, and into the company’s new docking system so it could be used as a desktop computer. In future, users should be able to upgrade their computer by inserting a new, more powerful Compute Card. It comes in four versions, all with 4GB of memory and three USB ports. Two Cards come with Intel processors from the latest generation (seventh), and a 128GB SSD. Less powerful are the two Cards with Celeron and Pentium processors, and 64GB EMMC storage. Intel, whose slogan for the product is “transform everything with one card”, says that it will be on sale in August. Prices haven’t been announced yet. Visit Intel’s site for more information: www.snipca.com/24542.