A new solution for compact computing has arrived. Intel launched their take on the micro PC platform – named the Computestick. The new product – no bigger than a stick of gum – now enables any HDMI-equipped display to be turned into a computer.


Yannick LeClercq (Managing Director, Intel Mobile Communications, Singapore), Christopher Kelly (General Manager, Malaysia Design Centre), Prakash Mallya (Managing Director, Sales and Marketing Intel South East Asia) and Sumner Lemon (Country Manager, Intel Malaysia and Singapore) showing off the Intel Compute Stick at Intel Malaysia’s Intelligent Generations showcase.

Running Intel’s Atom Baytrail-T chip, the Computestick is a fully featured computer in one. Just plug in a mouse/keyboard combo via the built-in USB port or connect to it via the built-in Bluetooth connectivity option and you are ready to go. As it is powered fully via the USB bus, it doesn’t need any extra cables or power adaptors to run it.

“What we’re unveiling today is a culmination of the work we’ve built on a foundation laid down by 50 years of Moore’s Law. In fact, the Intel Compute Stick was a brainchild of local engineers here in Intel Malaysia and we are extremely proud of having brought this game changing idea to fruition,” said Sumner Lemon, Country Manager, Intel Malaysia and Singapore. “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.”


Yannick and Prakash on stage with the Atom x3, formerly known as SoFIA

The Intel Computestick was a concept that was conceived in Malaysia’s Intel campus, the first out of America production and research facility for the company. Engineers from around the world was involved in the design and manufacturing for the new microPC, including engineers from Malaysia.

Also shown at the showcase are the latest 5th Generation Intel Core powered and various Intel Atom x3 reference designs and development boards. The 5th Generation Intel Core processor series, launched earlier this year at CES 2015, enables manufacturers to create high performance devices which offer uncompromising battery life while the Intel Atom x3 enables manufacturers to penetrate the entry-level market of mobile devices, with powerful smartphones and tablets at attractive, entry-level price points.


Prakash on stage with the Intel engineers based in Penang

“Technology is driving a new wave of innovation throughout the entire Asia-Pacific region including Japan. Some of the latest devices capable of enabling more personal, engaging experiences are being developed right here in Asia – this includes the Intel Compute Stick developed in Intel’s Malaysia Design Centre and the Atom X3 processor series developed in Intel Mobile Communications in Singapore,” said Prakash Mallya, Managing Director Sales and Marketing Intel South East Asia.

The Intel Computestick is expected to be in the Malaysian market by the second half of 2015, and is expected to retail around RM599.