Intel Debuts World’s Smallest PC


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Intel’s Compute Stick is set to make its debut soon, as it is now available for pre-order through a number of online retailers. Intel describes their new product as a PC-on-a-stick device. If you have a mouse and keyboard handy, Intel’s Compute Stick can transform any device with an HDMI port into a desktop to run an operating system of your choice. The device is meant to be an alternative to a standard laptop or PC. It’s being marketed to people who are often on the go and need to set up shop at any moment and use a computer. The Compute Stick comes with an Intel Atom quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage and 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi. The Microsoft model comes equipped with Windows 8.1. The other option is Linux, which comes with Ubuntu 14.04. Online stores such as Newegg are already letting people order the device. The Microsoft version goes for $150, and the Linux version is priced at $110. Initial reports indicated that the latter was supposed to go for around $90, but nothing so far has shown the product at that low of a price.

The dongle (a mall device that plugs into a computer and serves as an adapter) is about four inches long – only a little bigger than your standard USB drive – and is power-efficient enough to compare to the quad-core Intel Atom processor. It has built-in wireless connectivity, on-board storage, a full-sized USB port, Bluetooth 4.0, and a micro SD card slot to allow for extra memory. The Compute Stick gives users the same quality and performance they would expect from a standard PC—the only difference is that this PC can fit in a pocket. According to reports, the device will be available in the first week of May 2015. Via our proprietary website Just IT Hardware, ASAP Semiconductor is a leading supplier of Intel products (Intel -> Manufacturer of computer hardware components) Prospective customers can browse our inclusive inventory of hard-to-find obsolete and current Intel parts at https://www.justithardware.com/ . If you are interested in a part, please feel free to contact our knowledgeable sales staff at sales@justithardware.com or 1-714-705-4780 for a quote.
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