Intel’s quest to make smaller computers is coming along nicely. The technology company will begin selling the Intel Compute Stick this year, which allows users to turn their TVs into a giant computer. All you need is an HDMI port.
The device is powered by a quad-core Atom processor of unknown specification, although it is good enough to run Windows 8.1. Alongside this is 2GB of RAM, 32GB storage, a USB port, WiFi, BlueTooth, and a micro-USB port for power. Intel says that this is enough for light productivity, social networking, or just streaming media; and the tablet like internals suggest that it could work that way.
Of course, Intel doesn’t just see this as mainly a consumer product. The Compute Stick is also intended to be a thin client for businesses who might want this sort of thing. Engadget is also reporting that there is a Core M version of the Compute Stick in the works.
The Intel Compute Stick will be going on sale in March for US$149; with a 1GB RAM/8GB memory Linux based version also being made available for US$89.