The trending report disclose how INTEL plan to pull the plug on its Compute Cards, just two years after unveiling them, giving them a lifespan that some hamsters would feel shortchanged by.
Meanwhile, the idea sounded good on paper: credit card-sized computers containing the CPU, RAM and storage space that you’d just slot into a dock to give you an instant upgrade when required. But Intel clearly didn’t have confidence in people embracing this brave new modular world and has confirmed that it won’t be making any more.
“We continue to believe modular computing is a market where there are many opportunities for innovation,”.
“However, as we look at the best way to address this opportunity, we’ve made the decision that we will not develop new Compute Card products moving forward. We will continue to sell and support the current Compute Card products through 2019 to ensure our customers receive the support they need with their current solutions, and we are thankful for their partnership on this change.”
Spare a thought for NexDock, a partner of Intel that spent two years working on software to allow its NexPad computers to work with the Compute Cards, only for Intel to pull the hardware. “After spending tons of personal capital and 2 years time to build a product for Intel Compute Cards, we are sad to announce that we are putting the NexPad project on hold until there is more visibility about the future of Compute Cards,” the company wrote.
Considering Intel kept selling its Itanium chips for nearly a decade after it was clear that nobody was enthusiastically buying them, it doesn’t really feel like the Compute Card has had a similar level of indulgence, but there we are.