Intel Reveals Next-Gen Compute Sticks with the Skylake Might

January 9, 2016, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

CES 2015 saw Intel revealing the Compute Stick PC-transformation dongle to the world and it came powered by Intel Atom processors.

A year has passed since then, and the gap has now forced Intel to bring some strong and essential changes to its cheap computing stick.

The very vital overhaul Intel has brought onto Compute Stick at CES 2016 is the Skylake knacks. The Atom processor still prevails in one of the three new announced Compute Stick devices, but the remaining two now arrive with the Core M powers of Skylake processors.


The latter sticks come with 4GB DDR3 RAM and 64GB storage, which can also be expanded to 128GB. Both the sticks feature the same specifications, except for that one of them will house the more powerful Core m5 processor, while the other will arrive with the Core m3 Processor.

The connectivity front is where Intel have heavily revamped the Compute sticks, and it now comes with dual USB 2.0 slots, a single USB 3.0 slot, and a bettered dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi support that can forge the connection speeds.

The same applies for the base model too, which, however, features a less power packed technical array inside. The base Compute Stick comes with Intel Atom x5-z8400 and will only have a RAM of 2GB, and storage of 32GB.

Pricing of the base Compute Stick with Atom processor is announced at $159, which will also have Windows 10 pre-loaded in the stick. The other two devices will have its price in between the range of $300-500, depending upon processor and OS availability.

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