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Core M-based Compute Stick coming early next year

The Core M processor is coming soon to Intel's tiny, Chromecast-inspired Compute Stick systems. During a recent briefing on its Skylake processors, Intel revealed that it has a version of the Compute Stick in the works based on a powerful but energy-efficient Core M processor.

In fact, the chip giant showed a working demo of the Core M-based Compute Stick, and it said the final product is slated for release in the first quarter of next year.

The system will be based on the Skylake-derived version of the Core M processor, most likely with a 4.5W power envelope—although with Skylake's configurable power, it's possible the Compute Stick could aim for a lower-power operating point.

The Core M version of the Compute Stick should have some big advantages over the original model based on the Bay Trail Atom processor. I'd expect it to have faster wireless network connectivity, making it a better client for Steam's in-home game streaming. Also, Skylake has dedicated video hardware for HEVC/H.265 video decode and playback at 4K resolutions. That combination could make the Skylake Core M a potent little insta-HTPC for the living room.

With the Core M's performance, the Compute Stick could also credibly replace an office PC for a pretty substantial proportion of the corporate world's desk jockeys. The possibilities for digital signage and other applications are nearly endless.

There is one factor that's likely to limit broad adoption of the Core M Compute Stick, though: price.

Other systems based on Core M processors tend to start north of $500, and I doubt the Compute Stick will be any exception. Folks looking for a cheap, compact system will probably want to use the Bay Trail-based version, instead.

0 responses to “Core M-based Compute Stick coming early next year

  1. Not officially made by Intel but:
    [url<][/url<] Aesthetically I think those sticks look a lot nicer than Intel's official models too.

  2. That’s country fairs, or state fairs, where everything is on a stick/deep fried. I’ve only been to a couple of “Renaissance fairs” and none in this century, but as I recall the food was mostly trying to be retro-authentic — meat pies, etc.

  3. Yeah…. speaking of which. Where are those damn Core M [url=<]Zotac[/url<] and [url=<]Asus[/url<] mini PCs?

  4. Didn’t the original have a horribly whiny fan? How is going to a higher power SoC going to help with that? Eh, I’d rather see a Cherry Trail update.

  5. Oddly, this is the first Skylake implementation that actually has me interested. In a way, it outmodes pre-built Mini-ITX systems due to it’s shear portability. Also, it makes more sense than a lot of All-in-One setups; you can replace either the computation or display portion easily, in the same footprint, and more flexibly.

  6. Considering the main thing that I remember about Renaissance fairs is that every food product imaginable is sold on a stick, I think these things would go over great if they were suited up in armour or maybe a jester costume.

  7. Nice! If they don’t cripple the storage/memory I could see myself recommending this instead of NUCs to a lot of folks… Of course NUCs can do dual monitors so that’s better for the office.