Intel unveiled its credit card-sized Compute Card at CES earlier this year, and now at Computex, the company has brought us up to speed on the available SKUs and the release date.

The Compute Card comes packed with the full functionality of a standard computer, including an SoC, connectivity, storage, and memory in one slim device. The device slots into a range of devices from laptops, tablets, and AIOs to interactive refrigerators and IoT gateways. The devices can be ejected and replaced, thus decoupling compute from the device and allowing for easy upgrades as the card evolves into more powerful variants. That could also make for interesting new laptop platforms with longer shelf lives.

Intel Compute Card SKUs
CPU Core i5-7Y57 Core m3-7Y30 Pentium N4200 Celeron N3450
Memory 4GB DDR3
Storage 128GB Intel SSD 64GB eMMC
Connectivity Intel Wireless-AC 8265
(2×2 .11ac & Bluetooth 4.2)
Intel Wireless-AC 7265
(2×2 .11ac & Bluetooth 4.2)

The Compute Card family offers processors that span from Core to Celeron and come in four SKUs. Each respective product has varying compute, storage, and connectivity options, though the processor serves as the only differentiation between the two high-end options. Aside from listing the processors, Intel hasn't given us an indication of performance.

Intel has signed on a bevy of partners to develop new products that leverage the device, including Contec, ECS, Foxconn, LG Display, MoBits Electronics, NexDock, Sharp, Seneca, SMART Technologies, Suzhou Lehui Display, and TabletKiosk. Many of these partners will have products on display at Computex 2017. Dell, HP, and Lenovo are also working on new products, but have yet to reveal any of the end devices.

Intel also released its Compute Card Device Design Kit, which is a set of guides and reference designs that simplify and speed up the product development process.

In many ways Intel's Compute Card signifies the company's continued push for product diversification as it delves into IoT, automated driving, and other lucrative climes. In this case, its efforts also further its objectives in the mobility space, as we can expect new laptops and AIOs to come to market with the new cards installed. The Compute Card will begin shipping in August 2017, but Intel hasn't revealed pricing info.

Paul Alcorn contributed to this report

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  • Hurr Durr - Friday, June 2, 2017 - link

    They really should be locking you into entirely different kind of institution.
  • Bullwinkle J Moose - Thursday, June 1, 2017 - link

    Hey, how about letting me remove the battery from that $100 Laptop we were promised 10 years ago and power it directly off of the aircraft's power supply, thereby preventing terrorist bombs on planes?

    Whats that? You say it's easier to punish EVERYONE and ban electronics entirely?

    Oh My
  • jabber - Thursday, June 1, 2017 - link

    Yayyy more unfixable and non upgradable hardware that will go to landfill.
  • jwcalla - Thursday, June 1, 2017 - link

    Knowing Intel it'll probably cost a million dollars too.
  • boozed - Thursday, June 1, 2017 - link

    Funny, I've never seen a credit card that's 5mm thick OR 95mm long.
  • Bullwinkle J Moose - Thursday, June 1, 2017 - link

    NoTeckNow says

    Does every single product in existence have to benefit you specifically for it to have value? Because honestly, the world doesn't really care whether Bullwinkle J Moose thinks these are a good idea or not, let alone if he personally is going to buy them.

    Dude, this is the Razor Christina of tech Reincarnated

    Show me a VALID argument for ANYONE to be Locked into this..........Thing
    It might have value to others but not me
    Just show me the Value (for anyone)

    I'm playing nice now.....
    SHOW ME THE VALUE that cannot be met with existing tech!

    Pretty Please?
  • BedfordTim - Friday, June 2, 2017 - link

    A somewhat specialised case but it is ideal for industrial equipment where you don't have remote access. Replacing a disk usually works but is a little scary whereas replacing the PC means it can be fully tested before deployment.
  • Hurr Durr - Friday, June 2, 2017 - link

    Don`t waste words on a lunatic.
  • blakeatwork - Friday, June 2, 2017 - link

    This could be used in the digital signage market and replace the OPS slot with a smaller form factor device.
  • yhselp - Friday, June 2, 2017 - link

    Is it possible to use this as a standalone device with a USB-C to HDMI cable, power adapter, and Intel's remote keyboard app? Maybe there are TVs with MHL-enabled HDMI ports capable of powering a Compute Card, which would even remove the need for a power adapter.

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