Intel Compute Card is a device that includes everything needed to add a computing base to smart and connected devices. The add-on device comes in a 95x55x5mm package, the size of a stack of five credit cards.
Designed as a universal compute platform, Compute Card is intended to ease development, maintenance and upgrading of compute-enabled devices, appliances, kiosks and business workstations – as well as applications that don't yet exist.
In this tiny package, Intel has crammed a system on a chip (SoC) with an estimated 6W thermal dissapated power (TDP). It has built-in DRAM and NAND flash for storage. I/O is handled by a multipurpose USB-C with logical connectivity in PCIe, HDMI, display port and more. The platform includes both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for wireless connectivity.
Being a sealed unit, the Compute Card itself cannot be internally upgraded or serviced by the user. However, the device offers a low-cost alternative for repairing or upgrading compute-enabled devices where otherwise entire unit replacement may be necessary. Future upgrades to the platform are done by swapping out the tiny unit for newer models.