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Ultra small computer by Intel; first look in Sri Lanka

Mar 27, 2015 (LBO) – Sri Lankan media on Thursday got a rare opportunity to experience a factory model of an ultra small computer design built by Intel Corporation which will be unleashed in the coming months.

This pocket-sized computer called ‘Intel compute stick’ is a device delivering an entry compute experience by plugging directly into the HDMI input of TVs and monitors.

The computer is based on the Intel Atom quad-core processor, code-named “Bay Trail” (Z3735F) and includes 32GB storage, 2GB memory and pre-installed Windows 8.1 with Bing.

The other will include 8GB storage, 1GB memory and a pre-installed Linux distribution.

The Windows 8.1 compute stick will cost about 149 US dollars and the Linux version 89 US dollars in the international market.

Country business manager of Intel emerging markets, Indika de Zoysa told LBO that Sri Lanka is one of the fastest growing PC markets in the Asia pacific.

“Independent researches are forecasting that the Sri Lankan PC market has been growing at a range of 10 to 12 percent year on year. So Sri Lanka is one of the fastest growing markets in the Asia pacific,”

“This device we introduced today will start getting shipped in couple of months time across the world. We need to plug this into a HDMI. Then it’ll convert into a full fledged PC. Now it’s getting smaller and smaller.” Zoysa said.

The Intel compute stick will support Wireless, a microSD card for expandable memory, mini-USB power supply and Bluetooth for keyboard and mouse.

This New device is most suitable for reading, composing emails, browsing the web in addition to enjoying local or streamed content.
The stick can also be used as an education system, a basic thin client, or in kiosks, point of sale devices or other lightly embedded applications.

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