The PC that fits in your pocket

(Source: Dailymail)

The days of lugging around a laptop computer are on the way out, because you may soon be able to fit a portable computer into your wallet.

Intel introduced its latest mini-computer at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas yesterday.

Called the Compute Card, the device is so small and thin it's the size of a credit card, just slightly thicker.
 


The Compute Card is a full blown computer, complete with cutting edge 7th Generation Intel Kaby Lake processor, memory, Bluetooth, storage and wireless connectivity.

The device will not be sold directly to consumers, instead Intel has said the tiny machine will be sold to manufacturers to fit into other devices.

But the card could potentially be used to extend the life of older gadgets.

It measures about about 3.7 inches (9.4cm) by 2.2 inches (5.6cm) and just 0.2 inches (5mm) thick.

Intel says the tiny computer is so small it cannot accommodate USB or other ports to power up or connect to displays.

It works by plugging into a slot in a larger device, similar to smart cards.

The company is not positioning the card as a stand alone computer as yet, although they say that will come.

The idea is the Compute Card can easily be swapped in and out of smart devices so when one system in a TV or a fridge, for instance, becomes obsolete, you can just swap it out for a new card.
 


 

The company believes the Compute is the computer of the future, because it can be slotted into drones, robots, digital signs and other products.

'Businesses will be able to add a whole PC into products that otherwise have very little computing power,' said a CES analyst.

The Compute Card could also make upgrading PCs as simple as plugging it into an existing computer to deliver the latest processors and other components.

Intel is working with manufacturers like Dell, HP, Sharp and Lenovo to build specialized slots into devises, including PCs and home appliances like fridges and security cameras.

The partners will take 'advantage of the simplified design, ease of serviceability, and user upgradeability of the Intel Compute Card,' Intel said in a statement.
 


 

Intel said it will start shipping the cards in mid-2017.

It will not be sold directly to consumers and is only available for partners, an Intel spokesman said.
 

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