Intel is trying to make the development of smart devices a faster and more streamlined process with the Compute Card, a small device only slightly longer than a credit card which can be integrated into devices to turn them “smart.”
The Compute Card has all the components of a working computer with an SoC, memory, storage and wireless connectivity in a tiny form factor meant to be a modular solution for the Internet of Things.
Designers just add in a standard Intel Compute Card slot into their devices to provide all the hardware requirements of creating a Smart Device and then just work on the programming which cuts the development time, removing the need to develop new hardware for different devices.
The device also allows for a USB-C plus extension which can provide additional ports such as for USB, PCIe, HDMI and DP.
The company is partnering with Dell, HP, Lenovo, Sharp, Seneca Data, InFocus, Contec DTx, TabletKiosk, and Pasuntech to create the first modular devices that would be compatible with the Compute Card.
The Compute Card will be available in mid-2017.