The Compute Stick comes pre-installed with the Microsoft Windows 8.1 operating system, and is a fully-functional computer in a package similar to a large USB stick. It hosts a 64-bit 1.83 GHz Intel Atom Z3735F quad-core processor with 2 Mbytes cache, integrated Intel HD graphics, and multi-channel digital audio. The Compute Stick plugs into any display that has an HDMI 1.4a interface. Networking is achieved with onboard IEEE 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, and peripheral connectivity is available through the Bluetooth 4.0 and USB 2.0 interfaces. Once plugged into a display’s HDMI port, the user powers the Compute Stick with a wall adapter. A status LED indicates the device is powered while both graphics and audio is provided through the HDMI port. The device can be controlled through a wireless keyboard and mouse.
The Intel Compute Stick is available from Mouser Electronics running the Microsoft Windows 8.1 operating system with 32 GBytes of eMMC Flash for user file storage, 2 GBytes of RAM, and a free six-month subscription to McAfee Antivirus Plus. An Intel Compute Stick running Linux Ubuntu 14.04 LTS will be available from Mouser at a later date. Flash user storage is expandable for both versions through a microSDXC slot on the side of the device.
Once configured, the Intel Compute Stick has all the performance and functionality of a full-sized computer.