The future is here!

Team KL Gadget Guy was invited to the Intelligent Generations showcase in PG 12, and boy, were we in for a treat as Intel unraveled its latest and power-packed computing device – in a 4-inch long chassis!

Without a doubt the Compute Stick was the highlight of the event as many social media fans and other friends of the media was bustling away at the auditorium when the announcement was made.

The Intel Compute Stick provides the functionality of a full-fledged desktop computer without taking up the space of one. It will open up a whole new world of computing for its users – be it those who work in small offices, those who compute on the go, or those looking to upgrade their smart living room setups.
Sumner Lemon, Country Manager, Intel Malaysia & Singapore

But what exactly is this contraption of sorts? Well, in lay man’s terms it’s an entire computer in a 4-inch chassis! Talk about breaking boundaries and fulfiling Moore’s Law. And with that, below are some of its features in an infographic for easy viewing.

And now for the Tech Specs of this stick – it is powered by an Intel Atom Processor Z3735F which supports Intel Virtualization Technology (Intel VT-x), driven by Intel HD Graphics with a HDMI 1.4a port with a 2GB soldered System Memory for Windows. It also boasts a built-in 32GB eMMC Internal Memory and Expandable Memory via an SDXC v3.0 slot with UHS I-Support. On top of that, it also comes equipped with Bluetooth, Wi-Fi connectivity and a USB 2.0 slot.
A fun fact on this neat device is that it was the brainchild of local engineers right here on homeground of Intel Malaysia! The Compute Stick was designed locally and has been making waves around the world since its debut and of coursed continued to impress at the event.

Besides the Compute Stick, Intel also exhibited the latest 5th Generation Intel Core and various Intel Atom x3 reference designs and development boards – which saw the new Edison board and Galileo Gen 2.

As for he new 5th Generation Intel® Core™ processor family, it is Intel’s latest wave of 14nm processors which promises to deliver improved system and graphics performance, more natural and immersive user experiences, and enabling longer battery life compared to previous generations, which is of utmost importance in the age of wall-hugging.

“The 5th Gen Intel Core processors enable a diverse portfolio of form factors to meet every lifestyle and work style. From large screen 2-in-1s, sleek Ultrabooks, and traditional clamshell notebooks to All in One PCs and mini desktops, the U series is the flexible solution for mainstream mobile and innovative desktop systems,” according to Intel

Finally, we also had a tour around the Intel Facility and more precisely of the two labs present at PG12, Bayan Lepas, Penang. One was the 25,000 square feet Manufacturing Lab and the other 11,000 square feet Systems Validation Lab which deals with the Software and Hardware side of things. No pictures here unfortunately as all recording devices were surrendered – sensitive material in there.

After which, we sat down with Prakash Mallya, Managing Director Sales and Marketing Intel South East Asia; Sumner Lemon, Country Manager Intel Malaysia and Singapore; Christopher Kelly, General Manager, Malaysia Design Centre andYannick LeClercq, Managing Director, Intel Mobile Communications South East Asia Pte. Ltd. for an exclusive Q&A session.

We were able to slot in a question or two regarding the future of smart TV’s and how it would be like with the advent of the Compute Stick.

Team KLGG: Bouncing off on working with partners, are there any plans for tie-ins with TV manufacturers? (as far as the Compute Stick is concerned)

Sumner Lemon: That is more of a business model like question but regardless, anything is possible. We’re keeping all our options open as the future is full of opportunities.

“But we are looking into producing a family of devices with different price points,” quipped Christopher Kelly.

With that, the Compute Stick is expected to have a SRP of RM599 and is expected to be in stores real soon. Watch this space for updates!