Intel showed Element, a modular computer

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In London, Intel presented Element. This is the working name of the computer, which can be easily customized.

remember Project Christine Razera from CES 2014? The American company then presented the concept of a modular computer. Extending it was to be easy and pleasant for everyone – regardless of their knowledge. It is true that Project Christine has not yet been implemented, but there was a shadow of the chance that modular computers will be created. Only this time, Intel will deal with them. In London, Ed Barkhuysen – an enterprise business analyst – presented Element.

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Ed Barkhuysen showed a prototype of a modular computer in London (graphic by anandtech.com)

The Element prototype consists of a Xeon processor, fan, 2 M.2 slots and 2 SO-DIMM slots for LPDDR4 memory chips. The whole is a dual-slot PCIe card in the housing. The motherboard has 2 Ethernet ports, 4 USB, HDMI input and 2 Thunderbolt 3 connectors. The element supports Wi-Fi connectivity. As reported AnandTech, we should not suggest using Xeon in the prototype. It does not determine that the modular computer will be used only on servers. The project can also be used on the consumer market. "Blues" argue that at this stage of Element designing, all the possibilities are still possible. Intel plans to connect the Element with the circuit board to the PCIe slots. So that further enhancing your computer's capabilities would not be a problem.

The early version of the Element has already been equipped with the necessary interfaces (anandtech.com graphic)

When will Element reach users? Maybe already in 2020, but not at the beginning. Key components will go to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) first. If the announcements are confirmed, it will happen at the end of the first quarter of next year. The current term is the working name of the equipment. This one is subject to change. Same as used components. | allthingsblogging.com

This is another unusual project of Intel. After all, Intel Nuc is already on the market – small computers with considerable capabilities. Worth to know them:

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