In the continual move to decrease the form factors of PC computing, Intel Corp. has begun shipping its Compute Stick, a Windows-based PC that will plug into the back of smart televisions for dedicated streaming.
Intel announced the availability of the Compute Stick at the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The Compute Stick – offered in a Windows version at $149 and a Linux version priced at $89 – launches Intel into the fray of HDMI-based dedicated streaming market that has really heated up after Google launched Chromecast. Intel will compete against Google as well as Amazon with its Fire TV Stick, Dell’s Wyse Cloud Connect and other offerings that want to bring services such as Netflix, Youtube and other online entertainment options to televisions via a Wi-Fi connection.
Intel's Compute Stick
Intel’s Compute Stick features the Intel Atom Z3735F, 2 GB of RAM and 32GB of storage and supports Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. The addition of storage space on the Compute Stick may lend itself to supporting other features other than just streaming media such as game playing, music playing and the ability to upload data to the cloud via the device.
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