The Intel® Compute Stick is a new generation compute-on-a-stick device that’s ready-to-go out-of-the-box and offers the performance, quality, and value you expect from Intel. Pre-installed with Windows 8.1* or Linux*, get a complete experience on an ultra-small, power-efficient device that is just four inches long, yet packs the power and reliability of a quad-core Intel® Atom™ processor, with built-in wireless connectivity, on-board storage, and a micro SD card slot for additional storage. It’s everything you love about your desktop computer in a device that fits in the palm of your hand.
The stick will plug into the back of a smart TV or monitor “and bring intelligence to that,” said Kirk Skaugen, senior vice president and general manager of the PC Client Group at Intel, during the Intel investor conference in Santa Clara, Calif., which was webcast.
A device the size of a USB stick was shown on stage, but its capabilities were not demonstrated. Skaugen said the devices will be an extension to laptops and mini-desktops, which have Core desktop processors in small PCs that can be handheld.
Skaugen likened the compute stick to similar thumb PCs offered by PC makers with the Android OS and ARM processor. Dell’s $129.99 Wyse Cloud Connect — which plugs into an HDMI port — can turn a screen or display into a PC, gaming machine or streaming media player.
Such devices typically don’t have internal storage, but can be used to access files and services in the cloud. The Wyse Cloud Connect has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
The market for such devices is in the tens of millions of units, Skaugen said. The compute stick will bring x86 computing to fanless designs, he said.