You have plenty of options, if you want to buy an HDMI stick PC into your TV box. But, not a single stick is packed with processing power. Now, this is about to change, yes, you heard it right, Intel’s very first compute stick will feature Intel Core M Skylake processors.
This new generation might solve all issues which users faced with the first compute stick. Compute Stick had problems like very slow, had only one USB port and its networking capabilities were weak. But, now it seems like Intel has addressed to all out concerns. The new compute Stick is available at cost $ 159. It is packed with an Atom x5-z8400, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage with Windows 10. It works two times faster than the last model and also facilities two USB ports.
Intel Compute Stick sound something interesting and even users can use it for basic computing. On networking aspects, it supports 802.11ac and has a 2×2 antenna array, thus making it easy to handle lot of wireless traffic.
Not only new atom chip, Intel also supports 2 new compute Stick modes with 6th generation core chips like M3 and M5. They look similar to Atom Compute Stick, but there is a slight change in specifications. They are packed with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, and one USB port on the stick itself. Don’t wonder that you can’t connect all your accessories, in fact additional of 2 USB slot is given on the power charger. Intel stated that Core M3 model will be able to give output of 4K videos at 30hz and overall it is more powerful that Atom model.
The Core M5 compute Stick supports Intel’s VPro technology for hardware level security. Core M3 stick will be made available for cost around $399 with Windows 10 in it and M5 models will be for $499 with no OS installed in it. The compute stick will also have a tiny face to dissipate heat, though the device don’t generate much heat, it is necessary to keep the device from overheating due to its tiny frames.
Intel’s John Deatherage wants user to use the new generation compute stick and need feedback about it. The stick will rely on a separate AC adapter for power. Current USB ports on TVs and HDMI ports support the MHL standard which doesn’t output enough power to keep the Compute Stick going. Intel says it is observing on the Super MHL standard, and it might even consider power over USB-C eventually.
The Atom powered second generation Compute stick by Intel is in production now and you will soon get it in stores whereas Core M3 and M5 models will start its production in February this year.