Intel abandons development of modular Compute Cards

Intel has completed the further development of the company's computer cards, as confirmed by Tom & # 39; s Hardware . The credit-card sized device contained the fundamental guts of a PC (processor, storage, RAM, wireless modem, etc.) and was intended to simplify companies creating similar products to docking stations that could be updated when Intel released new versions It would simply take out the old computer card and insert the latest hardware. Intel introduced the device for the first time at CES 2017.

But now the history of the computer card will end after a single generation of Intel's seventh-generation processors; This modular dream did not even reach its first update jump. "We continue to believe that modular computing is a market where there are many opportunities for innovation," an Intel spokesperson told Tom's Hardware . "However, when considering the best way to take advantage of this opportunity, we have made the decision not to develop new computer card products in the future." Intel says it will continue to sell the remaining inventory until the end of this year.

The NexDock was one of the first products to adopt the Intel computer card But according to Tom's Hardware the company behind it could have seen the end come. "We have just discovered that the future of Compute Card is uncertain," Nex Computer wrote in a blog post earlier this week.

Others have also tried this idea: a company called The Hive demonstrated a device it called Amplicity at CES 2015. It featured a similar module, and The Hive created a subscription model that would charge customers $ 99 every six months for the latest hardware update.

But despite its continued public optimism about the central idea, Intel seems to have realized that the Computer Card is not the future of PCs. It is now easy to regularly update a desktop computer, but not so much devices with smaller screens or all-in-one devices. Oh good.