This week Intel unveiled something that they are calling the Compute Card, with is a new platform for modular computers that can be swapped in and out of smart devices, with the plan being that you could just swap out your gear’s Compute Card whenever new hardware is available.
They will include Intel’s system -on-chips (SOCs), with an amount of RAM, storage, and their own networking capabilities, allowing you to upgrade any of those by simply swapping all of that out, instead of having to buy a new version of the product.
Intel is aiming this towards to TV and other connected devices, however, it is possible that this could be expanded to a range of devices in the future.
However, it is not quite here yet so how it works has yet to be seen. Intel has teamed up with Dell, HP, Lenovo, and Sharp to develop the platform, so we expect that we may see it in their products soon.
They said the following about it in their press release:
The Intel Compute Card has all the elements of a full computer, including Intel SoC, memory, storage and wireless connectivity with flexible I/O options so hardware manufacturers can optimize for their particular solutions – from interactive refrigerators and smart kiosks to security cameras and IoT gateways. Device makers simply design a standard Intel Compute Card slot into their device and then utilize the best Intel Compute Card for their performance and price needs. This reduces the time and resources needed to design and validate the compute block and helps speed up innovation to bring the power of intelligence into an ever wider range of devices.
Intel is working with a wide range of partners who share our vision that the Intel Compute Card could significantly change the way they and the rest of the industry design and productize a wide range of solutions in the near future. These partners are working to develop products that can take advantage of the simplified design, ease of serviceability and user upgradeability of the Intel Compute Card. Intel is proud to be working with leading global partners, including Dell*, HP*, Lenovo* and Sharp*, to bring this vision to reality. In addition, Intel is working with a range of regional partners who are all looking to bring unique solutions to their respective markets. These early partners include Seneca Data*, InFocus*, DTx*, TabletKiosk* and Pasuntech*.
The Intel Compute Card will be released in mid-2017 for a currently unknown price. You can find out more about it at the source link below.