Intel is introducing a new device called "NUC Compute Element". It's a slightly updated version of a new idea: place the entrails of a computer in a modular element that can be easily inserted into other devices to update them when the time comes. It's not a bad idea either. Think of a kiosk: the touch screen will probably be good for years, but the computer that feeds it should probably be updated more often.
It's a good idea, Intel has tested it before. Earlier this year, Intel withdrew from the computer card, which was literally the same idea but in a different body. Intel did not even reach a second generation of the Computation Card.
A spokesperson tells us that this new iteration with the NUC brand resolves some of the customer complaints about the computer card. Instead of being a completely closed gadget card, the NUC count element looks and looks a lot like a part of a computer, right up to its exposed connector. Intel says that the changes reduce their footprint in other devices and also increase the I / O options with just touching.
Intel says this new iteration can be adapted to the Core i3 and i5 series of eighth-generation U processors, as well as Pentium Gold or Celeron processors, none of which are particularly powerful chips. However, one of the key use cases will apparently be the use of laptops, and will be used in laptops aimed at the educational market that should be available in the first half of next year.
The only image that Intel is currently sharing is presented like the one at the top of this post, so there may still be a lot of work to be done before they are ready for shipment. If you have not noticed, Intel has changed this concept to its NUC brand, which previously represented Intel's small barebones computers. People have liked NUCs, so it makes sense that Intel wants to apply the brand here.
Intel seems committed to the idea of making modular computers. But the whole reason for making a modular computer is to exchange a new part later, and that can not happen if Intel keeps changing the kernel design. Here we hope that this year's iteration will last longer than the Compute Card.