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Intel Unveils the Compute Stick, Powered by an Atom Quad-core CPU

Category: Gadgets
Posted: 11:24AM

Devices that plug into a TV are becoming more and more popular, with items like the Google Chromecast and Amazon Fire TV Stick leading the way. At CES, Intel showed off its version of a TV stick, but it is a little different than the Google and Amazon offerings. The size is still the same as those (think a large stick of gum), but the Intel Compute Stick is effectively a computer that plugs into your TV's HDMI port. One version runs Windows 8.1 and another runs Linux, with both being powered by a quad-core Intel Atom Z3735F Bay Trail processor. Down the road, newer processors like the Intel Broadwell Core M series could find their way into the Compute Stick.

The Windows 8.1 version comes with 32GB of storage and 2GB of RAM, while the Linux versions just has 8GB of storage and 1GB of RAM because of the OS' smaller operating footprint. A microSD slot can expand the storage on either one, so you aren't limited to the stock amount. It connects to the TV via an HDMI 1.4a port, can stream media over 802.11b/g/n WiFi or Bluetooth 4.0, and includes both a full-size and micro USB port for even further connectivity. The Compute Stick does require a micro USB cable for charging, since it can't run entirely off the HDMI port alone.

Intel's Compute Stick will arrive this March, with the Windows 8.1 version priced at $149 and the Linux at $89.

Source: ZDNet and Intel

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