As you know Intel Compute Stick is a tiny computer with an HDMI connector on one end. Plug the device into the HDMI port on your TV or monitor, and you’ve basically got an all-in-one desktop that can run Windows or Linux. The first Intel Compute Stick went on sale in April for $150 (or less), and it features an Intel Atom Z3735F Bay Trail processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and Windows 8.1 software.
Soon Intel will also offer a cheaper model with 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage and Ubuntu Linux. The company also plans to offer more powerful models with an Intel Core M processor.
The Intel Compute Stick mini PC Stick has a fan that kicks in when the CPU starts to get hot. An Intel representative tells Notebook Italia that part of the reason the company included the fan is because in the future Intel plans to offer Compute Stick models with Core M chips as well as Atom processors. Video from Netbook Italia below.
At the moment there is no information about the when those models will be available, how much they will cost, or even if they’ll feature any of the Core M processors that are currently on the market. It’s possible that Intel could wait until 6th-generation Core chips based on “Skylake” architecture are ready to go instead of shipping a Compute Stick with a 5th-gen “Broadwell” processor.