Intel has unveiled its own Compute Stick on HDMI dongle, at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. A $149 HDMI stick that does more than the others. Instead of streaming TV, full desktop computer experience.
The Intel Compute Stick is a new generation compute-on-a-stick device that comes pre-installed with Windows 8.1.
Intel has rather impressively crammed in a quad-core Atom CPU, 32GB of storage and 2GB of RAM, along with a USB port, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 support and a mini-USB connector for power (HDMI power will come later). “But why?” you might ask. Intel sees it as a low-priced computer or (pricey) media stick, or even a thin-client device for companies. To up the crazy factor, it may eventually launch a much zippier Core M version.
For the business and embedded solutions segment, Intel see their stick as a reliable low-power solution for developers creating light digital kiosks with no-effort installation and delivering streaming or static HD content on displays located anywhere.
Many will say that Intel is trying to catch up since Android launched its first Stick two years ago.
Many digital signage software developers have invested hundreds thousands of dollars to develop solutions that can run on Android OS.
Lately, some have started questioning the reliability of the Android players at the security level since many developers have modified the core of Android operating systems running on the keys.
Microsoft holds 92% worldwide market share for all operating systems through mobile devices and desktop according to Business Insider.
The arrival of the new Intel Compute Stick comes pre-installed with Windows 8.1. Will probably have a significant impact on the choice of the display device in the next few digital signage projects of large corporations who prefer the Windows operating system for its reliability and security.
Like Android the player, the new Intel Stick will surely have its own limits for applications that demand more power such as the display of real -time data for example.
We can only wait until Intel begins shipping its Compute Stick in March, before we can run the performance and reliabilities tests on this new device.