Intel's tiny Compute Card will start shipping in August

Intel initially unveiled its tiny Compute Card at CES in January, and now it finally has a release window. Speaking at Computex 2017, Intel announced its Compute Card will launch this August alongside hardware from partners.

To recap, the Compute Card is essentially a tiny PC around the size of a credit card. The goal, Intel says, is to make it easy to integrate the modular PC into a wide range of devices, including digital signage, AIO PCs, and "intelligent whiteboards." A number of partners, including LG, NexDock, Dell, Sharp, and Seneca are already working on hardware that leverages the Compute Card.

As for the card itself, Intel says it will be available in four different flavors, with up to an Intel Core i5 vPro processor, 4GB of RAM, and 128GB of SSD storage.

Intel Compute Card Configs

It will definitely be interesting to see what types of devices come out to support the Compute Card. We'll know more about what's in the pipeline as availability approaches this August.

Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the former Editor-in-Chief of Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central, Android Central, and iMore as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl

  • I'm slightly interested in this. Would be great to see this power an AIO and an Ultra book.
  • It looks like Nex Computing (The company behind the Nexbook) is making a laptop for this!
  • Correct. They are. Though their pilot product for this computing paradigm was the NexDock. I'm so tempted by it, just for USB Type C connectivity. Imagine the Continuum possibilities. Especially if it has built in Miracast and Intel Wi-Di support.
  • >Especially if it has built in Miracast and Intel Wi-Di support. Isn;t Mracast and Wi-Di pretty much the same thing ?
  • Almost, but both have their issues. Even the best of the best receivers aren't perfect - Personally I'm rooting for a Miracast V2 (That's also backwards compatible), I don't know of any companies really pushing for it though.
  • Yes, if we could have generic Screen, Keyboard, touchpad, battery docks, you could upgrade your PC by just swapping the card for one with a faster proc, more RAM, storage, etc...
  • I think another benefit would be having your whole PC in your back pocket that you can take anywhere and have all your files and work right there.
  • Can you sit on it?
  • I'd say it's the same as a phone. Yes, but be careful?
  • Wow... Talk about a "PC in your pocket" or wallet that is.
  • I remember it was a big deal when we got credit card sized solar-powered calculators. Yeah, this is a pretty big deal, even if it doesn't have battery on board.
  • what windows mobile should have been...
  • A device that you plug into the back of your TV, has no battery, no display, no cell radio? Do you have any clue what you write about? And if this is what WM was, you would bring up a whole set of complaints.
  • His biggest complaint would be that there is a cheaper chinese knockoff version that people should buy instead...
  • Please go away, each of your comments makes me lose many brain cells.
  • Slap a screen and windows 10 S on that thing and call it the Surface Phone.
  • +1020
  • Just need to include telephony... but Intel abandoned that tech
  • Mobile does not mean take it and plug into a monitor....that's just taking your desktop around with you.  mobile is doing everything on a screen that fits in one hand! 
  • Imagine just the computer guts you take with you... A phone size glass slab that you slide a credit card sized computer into to become your phone, then later in a laptop, and then again, in your desktop. In the end, this is really all Continuum was promising to be.
  • then the app gap is still there since win32 programs were never meant to be mobile centric,  so your back to square one.
  • Then again, most people need a phone (for telephony) even when using a tablet, laptop, desktop, etc.
  • That is the current definition of mobile but what is next beyond a hand held slab of glass. A lot of people walk around with headphones on so why not have,a holographic projector that only the wearer could see? No need for a screen and with a projector you interact with hands or voice. No reason why it could not be a desktop or mobile. The limit is your imagination.
  • Microsoft has already shown off AR in a miniaturized HoloLens style implementation with wide field of view and integrated with glasses, but it is still a long ways off. That is the future.
  • just what i want to be doing in public,  barking everything telling everyone your banking information?   SIN,  etc?
  • This device shows that Pocket PC smartphone can be built but The Only problem is smart phones screens are too small to use a lotof Desktop PC Programs on. I guess that is why future Wondows 10 smart phones will be fold-able dual screen Surface Mini Tablets
  • ... and also why the new design framework will emphasize adaptive GUI.
  • The benefit of having Windows 10 on your phone isnt to do things like photoshop on a 6" screen, its that you can dowck it and run it on larger screens without needing multiple devices for all of your various use cases throughout the day. Nobody is going to do photoshop on a 6" screen, that is why continuum exists.
  • As MS keeps saying look past the old and current form factors and imagine what could be for the future. Who wants to be tethered to a 6" slab of glass. It will be like going from the horse and cart to Thrust SSC.
  • Well, if they keep making them the same size... think of a modular laptop... You want a upgrade ? Slide in a new card ? Would be nice for a very small HTPC, the only problem if you want 5TB+ of stoarge, it kind of defets the point (size).
  • Not really related, but I got a Nintendo Switch and one neat thing about is that the tablet itself could be upgraded and sold separately in the future at (You'd hope) a lower price since you already have all the accessories, dock etc. Mobile tech is moving so quickly that Nintendo could release an upgraded version with more power, that runs cooler and for longer every 1.5 years if they wanted and see a noticeable difference. Same can happen with phones that can be docked to run full Win32 apps emulated on the new ARM CPUs. I think when MS release a phone that's a phone in your hand, and a PC when docked it'll be underpowered for most people who want to do things like Photoshop, but that could change very quickly with the pace mobile tech is catching up to more traditional desktop stuff. I just hope when it happens they will iterate quickly with big gains each year for the first few years.
  • Technically 2TB can be stored on a fast, modern SD card so I would imagine this will keep increasing, but perhaps they could even have multiple slots - Even if they had 2 x slots you could (if cost isn't an issue) get two large SD cards to get close to 5TB
  • OOPS Windows 10 will be every where! Great device by intel  
  • If Qualcomm makes a similar one but with Windows on ARM, I'm pretty sure it will be damn competitive.