Regarding mobile computer technology advancement, the world is at its best and has been for the last few years! It does not matter where you are; whether travelling, at the restaurant, relaxing at the beach, at the office or even at home, technology answers your questions immediately, allows you to respond to emails or “sort” your life out! Indeed nowadays it is unusual NOT to see portable gadgets like laptops, tablets and even smartphones being used as significant parts of people’s lives when out and about!
Google and Apple have raised the bar with their mobile computer technology foundations, and the iOS and Android-based technology have given the PC based brands like Microsoft and Intel a bit of a hammering in the last few years. However, Intel is working hard to improve their mobile technology products offering, starting by improving the Windows PC, crafting a more portable device which can be pocketed, the HDMI stick PC. Indeed the Compute Stick (codenamed “Falls City) is their new idea which was recently released and as a first generation stick PC… did a great job to show them what a stick PC could do. The Intel Compute Stick is very tiny in that it can be pocketed and it can be connected to HDMI port of any monitor or TV (with HDMI of course). It had limitations (as first generation technology always does) but offered a Windows operating system experience in a device the size of a candy bar!
However later this year/early next year improved versions of the “Falls City” Intel Compute Stick will be released.
Technology Roadmap of the Intel Compute Sticks in 2015/2016
The new Compute Sticks, when released, are intended to handle more complex computing tasks and also offer the ability to support 4K displays. “Cedar City” is one of the new Compute Stick’s codename based on its capabilities. It has the Intel Core M as a processor (which is a much more performant CPU for running intensive applications and content creation) and has storage of 64GB which is as twice as the Intel Atom Bay Trail processor.
Furthermore, the Cedar City Compute Stick offers RAM at 4GB compared to the earlier Falls City processor which had a RAM of 2GB. Other specifications are 802.11 ac wifi, a much better wireless module compared to the original Compute Stick’s 802.11bgn, and an MHL feature that enables the new Intel Compute Stick to draw power from the port of HDMI with no wire connections. Throw in USB 3.0, and you have a very sexy micro PC with HDMI.
Intel’s roadmap shows that they plan two Compute Sticks models shortly; the Core M model (Cedar City) and the Atom Broxton model (Falls City II). According to Intel’s roadmap, one of the most noticeable differences between the Cedar City and the Falls City II is the RAM whereby the Falls City II will have a RAM of 2GB, and the Cedar City will have 4GB. The Falls City II Intel Compute Sticks will also be used on Windows 10 and Linux operating systems (with the Linux model having storage of 8GB and a RAM of 1GB). The Cedar City is only planned to be released with a Windows version. Interestingly Intel’s roadmap indicates that it will not release any future Compute Sticks with chips based around Cherry Trail!
Designing the next-gen technology Intel Compute Sticks on advanced CPUs is an excellent move by Intel since this will boost the Intel Compute Sticks performance compared to the earlier Intel Compute Sticks and silence some of the early doubters and critics. The next-gen processors Intel plans to use are robust and that is why you should start dreaming about it now!!! Dream now, believe later! These changes and improvements by Intel could perhaps come a bit sooner but when they do come will have to offer users great rewards regarding performance and capabilities.