Intel Corporation (INTC) Launches Pocket-Size Computer
Chips are Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) and Intel is chips. That was the synonymous with the company. It was hard to see both separately. However, the company seems to be entering a new territory.
Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) is venturing into tiny computers and intends to sell it directly and demoed the device at the Consumer Electronics Show held in Las Vegas.
The new computer would be a pocket-size gadget, which can be plugged into the HDMI port on the computer monitor or a TV. The device is known as the Intel Compute Stick. The interesting features of the computer are the 32 GB storage with Wi-Fi, Intel Atom processor, and a slot to plug an SD card to provide additional storage capacity.
Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) disclosed that the device with Windows 8.1 operating software could cost about $149. The product is expected to reach the market at the end of the March quarter. For a still cheaper version, the company was planning to provide Linux-based version for a paltry $89.
The company pointed out that a big screen would be of a big help such as streaming content from the portals like movies, photos, video, and digital signage. Besides, Intel said that the product would be useful in ‘thin-client’ situations in which most of the computing were done through the web. Therefore, it provides light productivity.
Not The Only Company
The chip maker is the not the only firm to try out computing via an HDMI port in different ways. Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL)’s ChromeCast was the best known example to cite the usage of HDMI port. Makers from Roku to Amazon have released similar devices and the “tiny computer” provides interesting reference material to sell Intel chips for these small devices to other manufacturers.
Envisioneering Group market researcher, Rick Doherty, said that Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) chose to create the fresh product category because it was frequently winding up doing 90% of the engineering work for its customers helping to develop circuit boards, as well as, prototypes and so it seemed to make perfect sense.
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