Just two years after its introduction, Intel is killing off the Compute Card PC.
NexDock was first to signal a warning about Compute Card. In 2017, the company announced the development of the new NexDock based on the Intel® Compute Card. The company became one of Intel’s official Compute Card partners to build the new NexDock from ground up – a docking unit that supports the Intel Compute Cards in 2-in-1 laptop form. A prototype of the device appeared at CES 2018. But the company today says that the
future of Compute Card is uncertain. "Intel might not come up with a new generation Compute Card and their 7th generation CPU might be the last one to be manufactured … we are putting the NexPad project on hold until there is more visibility about the future of Compute Cards, " NexDock said.
Intel also confirmed the bad news for the Compute Cards.
“We continue to believe [that] modular computing is a market where there are many opportunities for innovation,” Intel told Tom’s Hardware. “However, as we look at the best way to address this opportunity, we’ve made the decision that we will not develop new Compute Card products moving forward. We will continue to sell and support the current Compute Card products through 2019 to ensure our customers receive the support they need with their current solutions, and we are thankful for their partnership on this change.”
The Intel Compute Card PC could power IoT-based devices or be used as a standalone computer. It featured a USB-C Plus extension connector for USB, PCIe, HDMI, DisplayPort, processor, RAM, storage, and wireless connectivity.